If you’ve been made redundant, you could be entitled to ReAct funding to retrain or update your skills. If you’ve got a new employer lined up, they too could get funding towards your wages and further training.
If you are facing redundancy in these difficult and uncertain times, we can help with expert advice. Things are changing day-by-day, but we can help you with the most up-to-date advice on the support available. Contact us.
Support from the ReAct Scheme
ReAct helps people affected by redundancy gain new skills and encourages recruiting employers to employ a redundant worker.
Read the ReAct Guidance Notes for individuals from Welsh Government for full details of the scheme.
Who is eligible for ReAct?
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. 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
If you’re offered a job after having been made redundant in the last 3 months, your new employer could get funding for taking you on. The Recruitment and Training element of ReAct could give your employer:
- Up to £3000 for taking you on
- Up to £1000 towards the cost of training
How much they will get depends on their circumstances.
How to apply
If you wish to apply for the ReAct Vocational Training grant, you first need to see an Adult Guidance Adviser at your local Careers Wales office. Contact us on 0800 028 4844 to make an appointment.
Careers Wales can also supply you with an application pack.
Your prospective employer will need to contact Welsh Government on 03000 255 888 if they wish to apply for Employer Recruitment and Training Support.
Other help and support
Funding for learning if you are unemployed
If you are unemployed and claiming benefits:
- You can usually do some part-time study without it affecting your benefits. Check with Job Centre Plus before you start a course
- Some courses, including courses to help improve reading, writing and number skills, are free
There’s a wider range of free courses available if you’re on income-related benefits. You might also get help with childcare and other costs.