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Getting Ahead programme

The Getting Ahead programme was launched on the 25th September 2012 and aims to engage prepare and motivate young people aged 16–18 years.

The programme allows successful applicants to undertake a six-month paid and supported work placement for 25 hours per week. This will increase their chances of progressing into sustainable employment further learning or training, by improving their employability skills.

The two-year £3.4m programme will target two groups of young people;

  • young people who have offended, and
  • young people in care and/or young people who have left the care of the local authority – known as care leavers, who are currently not in education, employment or training.

This opportunity will provide them with employability skills and work experience that is essential for recruitment opportunities with employers.

The Getting Ahead programme is funded by money that has been dormant in bank and building society accounts across the UK for 15 years or more. The Big Lottery Fund is managing this and has worked closely with us to develop this programme. We have decided how the money is to be spent in Wales by issuing the Big Lottery Fund with policy directions, outlining our priorities for supporting children and young people.

The deadline for applications is 21st February 2013. For more information on this programme and timescales, please visit the Big Lottery Fund website.