Include projects will focus on engaging with participants that
are furthest from the labour market. You should design and
implement a project that will encourage participants to voluntarily
engage on your project and offer them a 'first step' intervention
to help them start their journey into employment. (One important
note is that participants can still claim any relevant benefits
whilst engaged on your project.)
We would 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
We would also expect you to facilitate and promote job searches
and help participants to increase their employability skills.
We are not prescriptive in the type of activity 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. Organisations have delivered similar projects in many ways
previously including through woodland management, a Lego innovation
studio, sports clubs and even belly dance classes.
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
participants progress into:
- further learning
- entering education or training
- supported employment
- or full time employment
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 attain a paid supported employment
placement. For this reason, organisations that run an Include
project are also able to and are encouraged to run an Achieve or a
combined Include and Achieve project if capable.
There are different levels of funding available to run
an Include project:
- Level 1 will offer project grants of up to £25,000
- 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 between £150,001 -
- Level 5 will offer project grants of between £400,001 -
(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:
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;
As a guide, the expected participant
progression rate is as follows:
- Level 1 - 45%
- Level 2 - 65%
- Levels 3,4 and 5 - 90%
(The progression rate is the percentage of the total
number of participants engaged on your project that move into
employment, supported employment, volunteering, further learning,
education/training on exiting your project).
The length of the project is up to you. However, there will be a
latest possible end date outlined at grant application stage.
The Include and Achieve aspects could also be incorporated into
a combined Include/Achieve project.