Regional employability achievements celebrated

Dec 16, 2022

On Friday 25th November Torfaen County Borough Council held an event at the International Conference Centre Wales. Torfaen CBC provide the lead beneficiary role for Bridges into Work 2, Working Skills for Adults 2 and Nurture Equip Thrive (NET). The event was an opportunity for all staff members across the three ESF Operations to come together and celebrate and reflect on the work of the last seven years.

Since 2015 the operations have supported over 11,000 participants in total. Bridges into Work has supported 1084 economically inactive or long-term unemployed participants into paid employment and over 1100 people have completed a volunteering placement.  Across the projects 5800 participants have completed free training courses and gained at least one qualification.

NET has enabled over 750 underemployed participants to improve their labour market situation by gaining better paid work, increasing their working hours, or moving from fixed to permanent employment contracts. In addition, NET has focused on improving working people’s health and wellbeing. Over 500 participants with an underlying work limiting health condition or disability have been supported to improve their employment prospects or to stay in employment after a period of long-term absence.

Over 75 staff members joined the event from Aneurin Leisure, Bridgend CBC, Caerphilly CBC, Merthyr Tydfil CBC and Torfaen CBC. The projects are now entering the final months of delivery but if you would like any further information on the three ESF operations please contact Matthew Davies, Senior Funded Operations Manager at