First step intervention

Include projects will focus on engaging with participants that are furthest from the labour market.  You should design and implement a project that will encourage participants to voluntarily engage on your project and offer them a 'first step' intervention to help them start their journey into employment. (One important note is that participants can still claim any relevant benefits whilst engaged on your project.)

We would expect you to support participants to overcome barriers to employment such as work limiting health conditions, discrimination, social and digital exclusion, mental health issues, disabilities, welfare dependency, lack of confidence, poor literacy, numeracy and ICT skills and a lack of experience of a work environment.

We would also expect you to facilitate and promote job searches and help participants to increase their employability skills.

We are not prescriptive in the type of activity that can be delivered - it is up to you to show that you know what works best, with the people you want to work with, in the areas in which you operate. Organisations have delivered similar projects in many ways previously including through woodland management, a Lego innovation studio, sports clubs and even belly dance classes.

On leaving the project you should aim to help participants progress into:

  • volunteering
  • further learning
  • entering education or training
  • supported employment
  • or full time employment
  • job searching

There is a natural progression for participants from an Include project to an Achieve project -  the Include project could be the first step intervention to help them start their journey, through to being ready to come off benefits and then they could engage on an Achieve project to attain a paid supported employment placement. For this reason, organisations that run an Include project are also able to and are encouraged to run an Achieve or a combined Include and Achieve project if capable.


Participants should achieve the following whilst engaged on the project:

  • Full accredited qualifications (QCF level 2 or above) or part-qualifications (Units or modules up to QCF level 1) or work relevant certification (for example, a CSCS card)
  • Positive outcomes (added confidence, better numeracy and literacy skills, additional job search skills, etc.)


There are different levels of funding available to run an Include project:

  • Level 1 will offer project grants of up to £25,000
  • Level 2 will offer project grants of between £25,001- £75,000
  • Level 3 will offer project grants of between £75,001 - £150,000
  • Level 4 will offer project grants of between £150,001 - £400,000
  • Level 5 will offer project grants of between £400,001 - £1,200,000

(Match funding will be required - this will be outlined at grant application stage ).

Level five funding is for projects operating at more than a local or regional level, ie more than one complete region as defined by the WEFO Economic Prioritisation Framework

The regions are:

North Wales: Anglesey; Gwynedd; Denbighshire; Conwy: Flintshire and Wrexham

South East Wales: Bridgend; Blaenau Gwent; Caerphilly; Merthyr Tydfil; Rhondda Cynon Taf; Torfaen; Cardiff; Monmouthshire; Newport; Powys; Vale of Glamorgan .

Mid and South West Wales: Carmarthenshire; Ceredigion; Neath Port Talbot; Pembrokeshire; Swansea

The length of the project is up to you. However, there will be a latest possible end date outlined at grant application stage. (The progression rate is the percentage of the total number of participants engaged on your project that move into employment, supported employment, volunteering, further learning, education/training on exiting your project).

The Include and Achieve aspects could also be incorporated into a combined Include/Achieve project.