Dawn Bowden MS, Welsh Labour’s Member of the Senedd for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney, has welcomed the launch of a new flagship programme which will provide personalised support to people who are not currently in education, training, or employment to find and stay in work.

To help improve the employment outcomes for those facing difficulties and barriers to securing work and to tackle rising economic inactivity rates, the Welsh Labour Government is investing in a new approach, which puts power back into the hands of people so they can find the right support via the new ReAct+ programme.

Support available from the programme will include:

  • Up to £1,500 to support training.
  • Up to £4,500 to help with childcare or other care costs.
  • £300 to help with travel costs to make training possible.
  • Personal development support of £500 to help remove barriers to work – including mentoring support to increase personal confidence and resilience.
  • Access to wage subsidies to help people gain a job and subsidies to training when you’re in a job.

Employers taking part in ReAct+ will receive help towards the first year’s wages of new employees, as well as funding for job-related training.

Welcoming the launch of the new programme, Dawn Bowden MS said:

“Empowering people to access tailored personalised budgets linked to skills development and the removal of other barriers to employment is important if we are to help more people into work.

“The Welsh Labour Government has recognised that the barriers to employment can be diverse and varied. The new React+ scheme will offer tailored employment support, which aims to be as ‘unique as the person seeking help into work.  It will remove the barriers to work – whether that is childcare & travel costs, mentoring or skills support.

“I am delighted at the leadership Welsh Labour has taken to launch this fantastic initiative  – ReAct+ will help to change people’s lives for the better by creating a fairer and more equal Wales.”

If you are looking for support to get you into work, call 0800 028 4844 or search Working Wales ReAct+ to speak to a Working Wales adviser.

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