Projects in Swansea that work to boost local people’s employability and skills now have the chance to benefit from a major new £2m funding pot.
Applications are open for a Swansea Council anchor programme called Pathways to Work as part of the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund.
The council is looking for applications from providers that deliver engagement activity, employability support, or skills and training support for economically inactive, unemployed and employed people aged 16 and over in Swansea.
Potential applicants are being encouraged to visit swansea.gov.uk/spfemployability for more information, with applications open until May 22 this year.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said:
“Investing in people and skills is one of the key priorities of the Shared Prosperity Fund, which is why we’ve put the Pathways to Work employability anchor programme in place.
“There are many organisations in Swansea that could benefit from this funding, so we’d ask providers in the city’s employability, skills and training sectors to read through the information that’s available online and submit an application by the deadline date so it can be considered.”
Cllr Alyson Pugh, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Well-being said:
“Improving as many people’s employability and skills is vitally important at a time when our £1bn regeneration of Swansea is on-going to create many thousands of job opportunities for local residents.”
The Shared Prosperity Fund is worth £38.4m in total to Swansea.
Other anchor projects now live include a package of schemes to support Swansea businesses including start-up grants, growth grants, carbon reduction grants, and supplier development grants.
Swansea businesses interested in learning about these grant opportunities can visit swansea.gov.uk/businessfunding for more information and application details.
The Shared Prosperity Fund is one of the UK Government funds replacing European funds that are no longer available after Brexit. It’s also part of the UK Government’s levelling-up agenda.