Paid supported employment

Your organisation will be expected to design and implement a project that encourages participants furthest from the labour market to voluntarily engage on your project and provide them with paid supported employment placements (at the appropriate national minimum wage) for either 16 or 26 weeks and between 16 and 35 hours per week in order to give them new skills, increased confidence and work experience that will enable them to progress into unsubsidised employment

The placements could be created internally or externally - however, as the funding recipient you will be classed as the employer in both instances.

You can decide on the type of employment that can be delivered - it is up to you to show that you know what works best, with the people you want to work with, in the areas in which you operate.

Projects have delivered similar projects in different ways in the past - some have focused on the retail sector, some the childcare sector and there have been projects based around the furniture recycling trade.

We would expect you to reimburse care and transport costs until their first wage payment and provide participants with an induction and contract of employment.

We would also expect you to support participants to overcome barriers to employment such as work limiting health conditions, discrimination, social and digital exclusion, mental health issues, disabilities; welfare dependency, lack of confidence, poor literacy, numeracy and ICT skills and a lack of experience of a work environment. 

Participants should achieve the following whilst engaged on the project:

  • Full accredited qualifications (QCF level 2 or above) or a work relevant certification (for example, a CSCS card)
  • Positive outcomes (added confidence, better numeracy and literacy skills, additional job search skills, etc.)

On leaving the project you should aim to help participants progress into:

  • volunteering
  • further learning
  • entering education or training
  • or full time employment

However, the main progression route for participants after you project should be employment - as a guide we would generally expect 60% of your engaged participants to be helped into employment post project.

There are different levels of funding available to run an Achieve project:

  • Level 2 will offer project grants of between £25,001- £75,000
  • Level 3 will offer project grants of between £75,001 - £150,000
  • Level 4 will offer project grants of £150,001 - £400,000
  • Level 5 will offer project grants of between £400,001 - £1,500,000

Level five funding is for projects operating at more than a local or regional level, ie more than one complete region as defined by the WEFO Economic Prioritisation Framework

The regions are:

North Wales: Anglesey; Gwynedd; Denbighshire; Conwy; Flintshire and Wrexham

South East Wales: Bridgend; Blaenau Gwent; Caerphilly; Merthyr Tydfil; Rhondda Cynon Taf; Torfaen; Cardiff; Monmouthshire; Newport; Powys; Vale of Glamorgan.

Mid and South West Wales: Carmarthenshire; Ceredigion; Neath Port Talbot; Pembrokeshire; Swansea

(Match funding will be required - this will be outlined at the grant application stage).

The length of the project is up to you. However, there will be a latest possible end date outlined at grant application stage.

There is a natural progression for participants from an Include project to an Achieve project -  the Include project could be the first step intervention to help them start their journey, through to being ready to come off benefits and then they could engage on an Achieve project to complete a paid supported employment placement. For this reason, organisations that run an Include project are also able to and are encouraged to run Include projects if capable.

The Include and Achieve aspects could also be incorporated into a combined Include/Achieve project.