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The Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct)

Being made redundant can be very stressful, but it can also offer new opportunities.

There are a number of options that you will need to consider, including:

  • Looking for a new job
  • Returning to study to update your skills or qualifications
  • Changing career or re-training
  • Working flexible hours – part-time, shift work, job sharing or working from home
  • Working for yourself
  • Volunteering, to gain useful experience
  • Moving to a new area to find work 

Who can help?

The Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct) is a programme of funding for training provided by the Welsh Government for people living in Wales who are facing redundancy.

You can receive a training award of up to £1,500 to help you get the skills you need to land a job. You can train while you are job hunting or you can go on courses to get the skills you need, even if you plan to become self-employed.

Who is eligible?

Support under the ReAct scheme is available for individuals who:

  • Have become unemployed in the last six months as a result of redundancy, are currently unemployed, and who have not been in continuous employment for six weeks or more since being made redundant; or
  • Are currently under notice of redundancy; and
  • Have not undertaken any publicly funded training since being made redundant, including the work-based learning suite of programmes

What is available?

There are three elements to ReAct:

  • Recruitment & Training Support
  • Discretionary Award – Vocational Training
  • Discretionary Award – Extra Support

Support is available for 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)
  • Exceptional help with the cost of equipment for individuals with a learning difficulty, disability, or a work-limiting health condition 

You can get more information on ReAct from your local Careers Wales office or by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 100 900.

How can Children in Wales help?

As a national training provider, Children in Wales is proud to announce that it will be able to accept delegates onto its courses who are in receipt of ReAct funding. If you have any queries or questions, please contact Hannah Sharp, Administrative Assistant on 029 2034 2434 or email hannah.sharp@childreninwales.org.uk 

Information taken from www.careerswales.com