68 individuals have been supported by a new project in Ceredigion in its first four months.

Communities For Work Plus is a Welsh Government funded project that supports individuals of working age in or at risk of poverty across Ceredigion.

The Project began in Ceredigion in June 2018 with two Mentors and an Employer Liaison Officer. They support people to improve their employability skills. This should in turn help then either get employment or get better paid employment.

Since June 2018, 152 referrals have been received, whilst 68 people have been supported. Following the support of the Project, 10 people have entered employment, and others have entered volunteering placements, paid work opportunities and training. One participant that was helped into work said, “The support I received from my mentor was brilliant. She sourced the best training for me and helped throughout the whole process, resulting in a new career that I’d been hoping to achieve for a while”.

Mentors provide one to one support for Participants with writing CV’s, undertaking mock interviews, up-skilling and fund a wide variety of training from HGV license to soap making, including help with starting up their own business.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning said, “The project can help to source volunteering opportunities, paid work opportunities, employment opportunities and have good contacts with local employers. Support extends to people who are ‘in work poverty’ so if you are looking at improving your skills to enable you to get a better paid job, then Communities For Work Plus could help you.”

If you think the project may be able to help you or would like more information, contact the team on 01545 574193 or email cfwp@ceredigion.gov.uk.

In addition, if you are an employer and have any opportunities for participants to undertake work experience or a paid work opportunity funded by Communities For Work Plus, get in touch.

Image: The Communities for Work+ Team: Delor Evans, Catrin Davies and Elen Ebenezer