Communities for Work and Parents, Childcare & Employment Programme Team

Communities for Work and Parents, Childcare & Employment Programme Team

Welsh Government |

Delivering a key objective for the Welsh and UK Governments, as well as the European Commission, Welsh Government held strategic discussions with a range of stakeholders to develop and establish community based employability programmes working with the hardest to reach individuals in society. Stakeholders included:

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)
  • 22 Local Authorities
  • Third sector organisations
  • Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)

Based on excellent evaluations of previous programmes (Want to Work, ESICC and LIFT), negotiations were successful in achieving a combination of resources, skills, knowledge and expertise to develop the Communities for Work (CfW) and the Parents, Childcare and Employment (PaCE) programmes.

The programmes’ joint Strategic Board was established with membership from Welsh Government, DWP, WLGA, third sector and the WEFO. It provides multi-agency, strategic and collaborative oversight to ensure both programmes are delivering to maximum effect to tackle poverty through sustainable employment.

This unique cross-Government approach is an excellent example of a collaborative strategic relationship between devolved, local and national Governments and has been instrumental in securing over £85m to deliver CfW and PaCE across Wales driving better outcomes for individuals and communities.