Welsh back-to-work scheme launched

Details of the Intermediate Labour Market scheme to be announced at an event later this week

The Wales Council for Voluntary Action will this week unveil details of a new £13m scheme to help jobless people get back into work.

Private and voluntary sector organisations will be invited to bid for contracts worth up to £150,000 to run the Intermediate Labour Market scheme.

The WCVA, which is managing the initiative on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Social Fund, will invite organisations on an approved supplier list to tender for contracts. Organisations must fill in a questionnaire to get on the supplier list.

The scheme, which aims to help the most disadvantaged people in north Wales, will replace a similar £10.1m grants scheme that ended last year.

"Ultimately, we want people to gain non-supported employment as a result," said Phil Fiander, director of enterprise at the WCVA.

More information on the scheme will be available at the launch event, which takes place from 9.30am to 1pm on 5 February at Venue Cymru in Llandudno. For further information, call 01745 357 573 or email ilm@wcva.org.uk.

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