Has the impact of Covid-19 resulted in you being furloughed or unemployed?

Back in May it was estimated that around 10,000 workers in Torfaen were supported by the UK Government job retention scheme. Even though many will be able to return to work, there will still be some people in Torfaen who will face unemployment or reduced hours and pay as a direct consequence of the Covid-19 impact.

There are many projects/organisations in Torfaen that can help by providing flexible support and training packages that will help you to overcome barriers which may include childcare or transport and assist you to return to work. 

The projects below can provide you with the skills you may need to meet the demands of local businesses and will be able to source a range of other opportunities for you to explore, including work placements, volunteering and online learning.

*Please note, different eligibility criteria may apply to each project.

Torfaen Skills and Employability

  • Could a FREE training course help you progress your career and improve your income?
  • Are you unemployed and looking for training to prepare you for your next job?
  • Are you unemployed and need help to find a job?
  • Is your employment situation about to change?

If you can answer YES to any of the above and you are aged 16+, living in Torfaen, then our Torfaen Skills and Employability teams are here to help. We have a range of programmes that are here to help you, these include:

  • Bridges into Work
  • Working Skills For Adults 2
  • Nurture, Equip, Thrive
  • Communities For Work Torfaen and Communities For Work Plus
  • Inspire 2 Achieve

*additional eligibility may apply

If you require training and employment support, please complete our short enquiry form here and a member of our friendly team will get back to you.

Bridges into Work 2

Bridges into Work 2 can offer you:

  • Tailored individual employment support
  • An action plan
  • CV writing and application form guidance
  • Access to free qualifications
  • Confidence building
  • Work experience
  • Access to free health and wellbeing activities
  • Counselling*

For more information, please contact Torfaen Employability Team on 01633 647743 or email employability@torfaen.gov.uk

*Eligibility criteria apply

Working Skills for Adults 2

Are you employed and looking to gain a qualification? Working Skills for Adults 2 can help.

Working Skills for Adults 2 can offer you:

  • Tailored individual employment support
  • An action plan
  • CV writing and application form guidance
  • Access to free qualifications up to level 2

For more information, please contact Torfaen Employability Team on 01633 647743 or email employability@torfaen.gov.uk

Eligibility criteria apply

Nurture, Equip, Thrive

Are you looking to improve your health and wellbeing at work or want change job roles?

Nurture, Equip, Thrive can offer you:

  • Tailored individual employment support
  • An action plan
  • CV writing and application form guidance
  • Access to free health and wellbeing activities
  • Counselling*

For more information, please contact Torfaen Employability Team on 01633 647743 or email employability@torfaen.gov.uk

*Eligibility criteria apply

Adult Community Learning / Free Essential Skills

Why not join one of Torfaen Adult Community Learning’s FREE online digital literacy classes?  They will help you learn how to:

  • Use Microsoft Office and Google apps which are widely used by employers.
  • Search the internet to find job vacancies plus hints and tips on how to get that job offer.
  • Interact with others whilst staying safe online.
  • Communicate with employers and collaborate with other job hunters.
  • Apply for work with professionally-produced emails or application forms.

Digital literacy skills are vital for employability, so why not boost your job chances (and your CV) by enrolling today – you won’t regret it!

Call: 01633 647647
Email: Power.station@torfaen.gov.uk

Communities for Work & Communities for Work Plus Employment Support

CFW and CFW+ team are still providing 1:1 support if you are looking to apply for jobs, prepare for interview or improve your CV to give you the best chance of employment. Support services have been adapted to include video conferencing and telephone support, in addition to supporting with a range of online courses.

If you are recently unemployed and require support please give the Communities for Work/ Plus projects a call on 01495 742131 (Pontypool) or 01633 648312 (Cwmbran) and speak with one of team who be able to talk you through all the support on offer.

You can also visit their Facebook page @cfwplustorfaen where you will be able to find lots of project information and examples of how the project has supported others. CFW/CFW+ also post job vacancies with local companies and you can message them directly through the Facebook page with your questions or support needs so that one of the team can contact you directly.

Building Resilient Communities

The Building Resilient Communities team works closely with the CFW & CFW + to provide a package of wrap around support.  This includes practical and emotional support to help individuals and families to overcome the challenges that difficult events in life can present. 

The impact of Covid 19 over recent months has brought worries about health, bereavement, employment, finances and for those with children additional worries around home schooling and keeping them entertained, especially with the summer holidays ahead!  

The support provided is client centred and works with the client to find ways to adapt and overcome these challenges though personal growth. This can be done via group sessions and 1-1 sessions. 

The sessions focus on:-

  1. Physical and mental wellbeing and ways to manage stress
  2. Building confidence through positive and supportive guidance and planning next steps
  3. Looking at financial worries: budgeting, ways to increase income, grants to tackle immediate financial hardship
  4. Provide support to parents to help their children to reach their potential, by building on parenting skills and promoting emotional stability
  5. Goal setting looking at opportunities for learning/ training and employment

To get in touch contact the team via the Facebook page www.facebook.com/buildingresilientcommunitiestorfaen or directly: