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
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
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:
- 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
There are different levels of funding available to run
an Achieve project:
- Level 2 will offer project grants of between £25,001-
- Level 3 will offer project grants of between £75,001 -
- Level 4 will offer project grants of £150,001 - £400,000
- Level 5 will offer project grants of between £400,001 -
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:
Anglesey; Gwynedd; Denbighshire; Conwy; Flintshire and Wrexham
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;
(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.