ReAct helps people affected by redundancy gain new skills and encourages recruiting employers to employ a redundant worker.
Who is eligible?
Support under the ReAct scheme is available for individuals who:
have become unemployed in the last 3 months as a result of redundancy, are currently unemployed, and who have not been in continuous employment for 6 weeks or more since being made redundant
are currently under notice of redundancy
have not undertaken any publicly funded training since being made redundant, including the work-based learning suite of programmes.
What is available?
There are 3 elements to ReAct:
recruitment & training support
vocational training grant - discretionary award
extra support grant - discretionary award.
Support is available for eligible applicants to increase their skills and remove barriers to learning, or returning to work. In order to ensure that this training provides the best possible chance of finding new employment, all applicants will need to have their training needs assessed by Careers Wales (external link). Careers Wales will also advise on suitable training courses and training venues.
Under this part of the scheme the following financial support is available:
100% of training costs to acquire new skills (up to a maximum of £1,500)
help towards the cost of travelling to training courses
overnight accommodation costs, where appropriate
a contribution towards childcare costs whilst training (subject to limits and conditions)
help with the cost of special equipment to remove barriers to training.
How to apply
To apply for the ReAct Vocational Training grant, contact your local Careers Wales office.
If you wish to apply for the grant you first need to see an Adult Guidance Adviser at your local Careers Wales office. Visit the Careers Wales website (external link) for a list of local offices or call 0800 028 4844.
Careers Wales can also supply you with an application pack.
Your prospective employer will need to contact the scheme operator on 01792 765888 if they wish to apply for Employer Recruitment and Training Support.