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

You should design and implement a project that will encourage participants to voluntarily engage on your project and offer some of them a 'first step' intervention to help them start their journey into employment - the Include aspect.

We would expect you to support Include 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.

We would also expect you to facilitate and promote job searches and help participants to increase their employability skills.

Include participants should achieve the following whilst engaged on the project:

  • Part-qualifications (Units or modules up to QCF level 1) or full accredited qualifications (QCF level 2 or above) or 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 Include participants progress into:

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

You would also be expected to offer some participants the chance to take up 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 Achieve aspect.

As with an Achieve project, the supported employment placements could be created internally or externally - however you will be classed as the employer in both instances.

Achieve 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 the Achieve participants progress into:

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

However, the main progression route for Achieve 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.

Some participants may progress from being involved in the Include activities to move onto Achieve activities before leaving your project.

So for example, the Include aspect of the project could be considered the first step intervention to help them start their journey, through to being ready to come off benefits and then they could engage on the Achieve aspects of the project to complete a paid supported employment placement, before moving onto unsupported employment.

There are different levels of funding available to run a combined Include and 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 between £150,001 - £400,000
  • Level 5 will offer project grants of between £400,001 - £1,500,000

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

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

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