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Communities for Work

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Details of each of the Communities First clusters and lead delivery bodies including who to contact.
Our Tackling Poverty Action Plan sets out what we are doing to build resilient communities and to help prevent and reduce poverty in Wales.
Researchers visited two areas, and interviewed local staff and stakeholders and held parent focus groups.

Communities for Work is a voluntary programme to help those adults furthest away from the labour market into employment.

It builds on our existing programmes to tackle poverty to help get people into work.

The programme focuses on our most deprived communities, to provide 1-to-1 support, guidance and training.

The target groups, for this first phase, are people living in a Communities First cluster who are over 25:

  • with low or no skills
  • with work limiting health conditions
  • with care or childcare responsibilities
  • from jobless households
  • from a Black Minority Ethnic group.

Support will include:

  • community based advisory support 
  • mentors
  • training barriers funding to help people into training or employment
  • an Innovation Fund to support new ways of working.  

The first phase has been approved by the Welsh European Funding Office and provides a £30m investment in employment support in the 52 Communities First Clusters – this includes £18m of European Union funds.

The second phase of Communities for Work was approved on 14 October 2015 and provides £11.2 million investment in employment support for 16-24 year olds that live in a Communities First Cluster in Wales – this includes £6.8 million of European Funds.

Phase 2 will support people aged 16-24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The programme is co-sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions.