A £9 million EU-funded scheme to tackle long-term unemployment in South West Wales has been announced by Welsh Labour’s Finance and Government Business Minister, Jane Hutt.
Workways+, led by Neath Port Talbot Council, will offer training and paid work experience opportunities to 4,000 long-term unemployed people to help get their lives back on track.
Support will target disadvantaged people, helping them to take their first steps to re-engage or enter into the labour market.
Backed by £7.5 million of EU funds, the three-year scheme will benefit people in Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. The remainder of the funding will be provided by the South West Wales local authorities involved in delivering Workways+.Workways+ will also offer one-to-one mentoring, support with job-seeking and interview skills, and the chance to gain new qualifications. Support will target individuals affected by work-limiting health conditions and disabilities, as well as those with care responsibilities and low or no skills.