Môn Communities First is one of 9 LIFT Employment Brokers on behalf of the Welsh Government, based on 12 Communities First Cluster areas across Wales; delivering training and employment opportunities to people living in households where no-one is in work.
The programme supports people who have been out of work for more than six months and who face the greatest difficulties in getting into work.
For example: Young single parents, adults with few or no formal qualifications, people with a poor employment record, people with disabilities.
Môn CF helps to remove the barriers these people are facing, enabling them to become employed by supporting them through volunteering, training, work trials and work placements with one to one mentoring.
Local employers can support the LIFT Programme by accepting LIFT clients for any vacancies they may have; work experience placements or any other opportunities that will be of benefit to them and the Programme participants.
The Active Inclusion fund is managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) supported by funding from European Structural Funds. It aims to reduce economic inactivity in Wales and improve the employability of disadvantaged people furthest from the labour market.
Active Inclusion enables us to work with people who do not reside in Community First designated wards, this means that Mon CF is now able to offer employment support to residents throughout the Isle of Anglesey.
Through the Active Inclusion project we are able to assist people aged 18 - 24 who are not in education or employment. Additional people who are eligible are those aged 25 or over who have been on Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit for 12 months continuously or those who are economically inactive.
Communities for Work (C4W) is a voluntary programme to help those adults furthest away from the labour market into employment. C4W is a Welsh Government programme tackling poverty through sustainable employment and is a high profile national backbone ESF Operation to deliver to all 52 (CF) Communities First clusters in Wales operating as a separate but complimentary programme, integrated with the existing CF activity in each cluster.
It builds on our existing programmes to tackle poverty to help get people into work.
The programme focuses on our most deprived communities, to provide 1-to-1 support, guidance and training.
The target groups, for this first phase, are people living in a Communities First cluster who are over 25:
- with low or no skills
- with work limiting health conditions
- with care or childcare responsibilities
- from jobless households
- from a Black Minority Ethnic group.
Support will include:
- community based advisory support
- training barriers funding to help people into training or employment
- an Innovation Fund to support new ways of working.
The first phase has been approved by the Welsh European Funding Office and provides a £30m investment in employment support in the 52 Communities First Clusters – this includes £18m of European Union funds.
Part 2 of the programme will focus on supporting and reducing the number of 16–24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training, (NEET), as well as increasing the employability of economically inactive and long term unemployed adults who have complex barriers to gaining employment.
The programme is co-sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions.