Communities First Employability Programme

Brief explanation of your project

The Communities First Employability Project, funded through the Welsh Government, aims to help local people from across Torfaen to access work placement, voluntary and training opportunities. Working seamlessly with partners, we support individuals on a one to one basis to identify avenues to build on existing skills to increase sustainable employment.

Where is it available?

The project can benefit people living in the following wards:

Blaenavon, Trevethin, Abersychan, St Cadocs & Penygarn, Cwmynyscoy, Thornhill, St Dials, Upper Cwmbran, Greenmeadow, Llantarnam, Pontnewydd & Two Locks

Who is it for?

The project will aim to target local people 16 + who are currently unemployed, at risk of redundancy, looking to make a positive career change or those leaving school seeking apprenticeship routes/employment.

What can it offer?

  • Increase access to volunteering & work placement opportunities.
  • On going one to one support through personal development planning and support through life coach.
  • Access to training/educational opportunities.
  • Support through local work clubs, CV writing, job searches, completion of application forms and access to Universal Jobmatch.
  • Host employer/local recruitment days & job taster sessions.
  • Links to training opportunities in line with labour market need.
  • Financial & Digital Support.

Why is the scheme important?

The project aims to make a significant contribution in impacting the following:

  • Worklessness and benefits: Male unemployment is double female unemployment in Torfaen with totals for JSA claimants being 2065 males and 991 females unemployed (ONS July 2012)
  • Local Jobs Pressures: Unfilled jobcentre vacancies per 10,000 population aged 16-64 in Torfaen is less than ½ that of Wales
  • ESA and Incapacity rates are high within the North Cluster with 47% of working age adults claiming, up to 50% in Abersychan, reflecting a holdover from heavy industry and embedding generational worklessness as an acceptable and “normal” status quo. (DWP Neighbourhood Statistics, Working Age Client Group, 2012)
  • Youth unemployment: As an illustration of the types of issue identified by local ward need, the following tables identify several significant issues. One is that younger people are seen to be at significantly greater risk of being unemployed. A second is that nearly 50% of residents, who are or become unemployed, tend to stay unemployed for over 6 months with an alarming 28.1% remaining unemployed for more than a year.
  • Local evidence: The inactivity and lack of drive, as reported by training providers, is one key area which prevents many in taking up the services on offer by those training providers.
  • Feedback from Police and Youth detached programmes: Relationships we have established show that young people cite lack of access to opportunities and/or peer pressure as reasons for committing offences. This combined with statistical evidence of high levels of male unemployment and a lack of local employment opportunities is a contributing factor to this indicator.

Main contacts:

Lisa Baulch - Employability Manager

Hannah Dean - Employability Officer

Trina Dobson - Work Club Link Officer

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Communities First Employability Programme

Tel:01495 742681

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