Changes to the ReAct and Access Employability Programmes

The Welsh Government is implementing changes to the ReAct and Access programmes to expand a targeted approach across Wales in order to respond to current economic challenges.

The Access Programme has been supporting individuals in the Valleys Taskforce Area for 3 years as a pilot. Welsh Government has taken the lessons learnt in line with the refreshed focus of the Valleys Task Force and is now able to expand the offer under the well-established ReAct brand and make it available across Wales at such a crucial time for the economy. No one will be disadvantaged by the change, in fact it enhances ReAct as a key Employability Programme.

The changes will allow the ReAct Programme to be expanded during this difficult time, supporting individuals who are unemployed for reasons other than and including redundancy. Phasing in support for key groups not helped elsewhere by amending the eligibility criteria, the ReAct training grant and employer wage subsidy will be available to a wider cohort of individuals, creating a fairer opportunity for all, starting with those on zero hour contracts. The change will be effective from the 7th December 2020 and Careers Wales will continue to promote and sign post individuals under the Working Wales banner.