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Round 1:

Open Doors International Language School (ODILS)

Area: Plymouth                Start Date: September 2019                        End Date: July 2021

To provide Specialist employment and guidance support to BAME/ESOL participants who are aged 25+ to help prevent unemployment and prevent underemployment.


Makers HQ

Area: Plymouth                Start Date: September 2019                        End Date: November 2020

To reignite the fashion and textile manufacturing in Plymouth. Delivering a Level 1 award in industrial manufacturing, to engage and sign up those people in the Stonehouse and Devonport community currently furthest removed from the job market.



Area: Torbay                      Start Date: February 2020                            End Date: December 2020

Supporting unemployed and inactive residents to become engaged with their community open spaces, learning new skills, increasing their personal development, becoming more socially active, gaining a horticulture qualification, whilst improving their health and wellbeing and future employment prospects.



Round 2:

Battling On

Area: Plymouth                Start Date: January 2020                              End Date: October 2020

This project aims to support women living in the poorest socio-economic wards of Plymouth in particular targeting those who are single mothers. The project will support participants to learn the skills they need to become self-employed thereby being able to structure their work around childcare commitments.


Ellacombe Community Partnership

Area: Torquay                   Start Date: January 2020                              End Date: March 2021

To engage disadvantaged community members, offering free training and qualifications in food hygiene, health and safety, customer service and barista use. Supporting clients into employment or further education.


Great Torrington Building Preservation Trust

Area: Torrington               Start Date: January 2020                              End Date: February 2021

To set up a Torrington Work and Community Hub in partnership with TTVS, LiveWest, Libraries unlimited and local employers. The club is tailored to the specific needs to individuals and the issues facing unemployed and community groups.


No Limits Community Café & Hub

Area: Newton Abbott                   Start Date: March 2020                                 End Date: August 2020

Aimed at young people with learning disabilities and additional needs who would like to pursue work in a catering or café environment but who are not yet ready for mainstream employment or DWP access to work funding.


Touchwood SW

Area: Torquay                  Start Date: April 2020                    End Date: December 2020

Supporting women who are in the criminal justice system or unemployed. They will learn carpentry and DIY skills along with mental wellbeing tools. They will gain practical skills that will increase confidence and employability, and learn – on a peer-to-peer basis – tools for enhancing wellbeing.



Area: North Devon and Torridge                Start Date: January 2020              End Date: February 2021

The project will offer supported work experience placements and training within community organisations and local projects for participants facing multiple barriers, offering them the opportunities to add vital work experience to their CVs while supporting local community organisations.


YMCA Plymouth & Discovery College

Area: Plymouth                                Start Date: November 2019                         End Date: December 2020

Aim to deliver bespoke employability and mentoring programmes to reduce the 16-19 NEET deficit in Plymouth. Consisting of Employment, Training and Personal Development, Functional skills in English and Maths as well as Mentoring, Enterprise and PSHE.


Round 3:

Bike Space

Area: Plymouth                                Start Date: February 2020                            End Date: September 2020

To develop the employability skills and enhance the wellbeing of the most disadvantaged adults through increased social engagement. They will engage with beneficiaries through bicycles and bicycle mechanics bringing people together to learn new skills and break down barriers to employment at our workshop.


City Community Trust

Area: Exeter                                       Start Date: February 2020                            End Date: December 2020

Using the power of sport and Exeter City Football Club in the community to engage with and support disadvantaged people to make real and measurable progress towards sustainable employment.


EDP Drug and Alcohol Services

Area: Exeter                                       Start Date: April 2020                    End Date: March 2021

Aiming to support people with a variety of life challenges into work. Beneficiaries acquire employment skills through learning how to design, make and market jewellery and other handcrafted products from recycled and reclaimed metals whilst being supported to overcome barriers to employment.


I Can Do That!

Area: Torbay                                      Start Date: February 2020                            End Date: August 2020

Delivering a confidence and motivation course in Torbay, including 1:1 mentoring appointments, with an aim of increasing confidence, motivation and self-worth to move people with disabilities closer towards employment.


Plymouth Argyle Football in the Community Trust

Area: Plymouth                                Start Date: February 2020                             End Date: December 2020

Targeting those individuals, over 25, who would benefit from a 12-week programme providing participants with substantial relevant work experience and employability skills development that will make them more employable.


Sound Communities

Area: Torbay                                      Start Date: January 2020                              End Date: December 2020

Using radio and music production to build self-confidence and employability skills for young people aged 16-25 year olds. They will participate in 8 training workshops, followed by work experience to further develop and practice their skills in a real world setting.


St Sidwell’s Centre

Area: Exeter                       Start Date: January 2020                              End Date: December 2020

Working with people facing barriers to employment to participant in 4 months courses, Cooking for life, for work and for pleasure. The courses and 1-1 mentoring will support participant to improve health and wellbeing, acquire life skills and vocational skills and progress into further training or employment.


Trevi House Ltd

Area: Plymouth                                Start Date: January 2020                              End Date: May 2021

The project aims to increase skills, confidence and employability across marginalised women in recovery at the Sunflower Women’s Centre. This includes recovering from criminogenic behaviours, domestic abuse, addiction and mental ill health.


Elite Training

Area: Exeter                                       Start Date: February 2020                            End Date: February 2021

Elite Training South West would like to introduce a weekly Job Club at our community centre based in Exeter’s town centre. The job club will help 100 jobseekers with job searching skills, confidence and job readiness and provide progression routes into further training, qualifications and employment.


Gilead Foundation

Area: Okehampton                         Start Date: March 2020                                 End Date: March 2021

To firmly establish our horticulture area by equipping it and to train the disadvantaged and unemployed - those whom Gilead are supporting to plant and grow vegetables, fruit and plants. We also want to employ those in the local community who have expertise in this area.


Round 4:


Area: Exeter                                       Start Date: October 2020                             End Date: July 2021

This project will provide a Level 2 Certificate in Barbering for 20 people aged 16+ who are furthest removed from education and employment. The course will give them a tangible skill and route into employment or self-employment. Over 90% of students pass their qualifications and 70% go on to further training, employment or self-employment. This is an exceptional outcome given the complex challenges faced by our learners.



Area: Plymouth                                Start Date: June 2020                                     End Date: June 2021

Routeways has a vision of raising aspiration, realising potential and delivering success, meeting the skills needs of our area and providing clear progression pathways. Offering intensive support to break-down the barriers to work, training or education; targeting unemployed people in Plymouth especially over 50, disabled, from ethnic minorities, or female.


Seadream Education

Area: Plymouth                                Start Date: September 2020                        End Date: February 2021

Seadream Education predominantly promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills. This project is packed with informal enrichment activities and transferable skills. We will empower people to realise the opportunities around them and within them, and, encourage and guide them to reach their full potential.


Libraries Unlimited

Area: North Devon                          Start Date: October 2020                             End Date: June 2021

The funding will help Bideford and Barnstaple Work Clubs (B&BWC) to continue in operation. The clubs specifically support individuals who are facing multiple barriers to employment by offering them ongoing employability and job search support, and where appropriate we will offer routes to training and education.


Wings South West

Area: Bideford                                  Start Date: May 2020                                     End Date: June 2021

Project Hope will engage with three hard-to-reach unemployed cohorts of people that Wings currently works with, but with a new and strategic focus on helping them to be better prepared for further education, training and, for some, to actually find employment.


Round 5:

Mare and Foal Sanctuary

Area: Totnes                                      Start Date: November 2020                         End Date: November 2021

Changing Lives through Horses is an innovative project that will offer participants a unique way of building transferrable life skills, to put them in a better position to re-enter education, training or employment. They will work with our specially trained rescue horses and experienced team.


Coldharbour Mill

Area: Collumpton                                            Start Date: October 2020                             End Date: July 2021

The project will create a new community wildlife and recreation resource through rural skills and heritage attraction training at Coldharbour Mill. In addition to promoting well-being for the whole community, the new green space will provide an educational resource for local schools, youth organisations and other young people.


Young Devon

Area: Devon                                                       Start Date: November 2020                         End Date: July 2021

Our project will build trusting relationships and give practical hands on support through 1-2-1 mentoring, small group activities and informal education. Supporting young people aged 18-24 with multiple barriers that prevent their progression into employment, further education and becoming active member of society.



Area: Exeter                                                       Start Date: November 2020                         End Date: July 2021

An Arts based intervention for young women aged 16-25 who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or depression. Participants will undertake a structured program of Arts therapy delivered by an HCPC registered therapist, followed by a series of mentoring sessions guiding the participants to an EET outcome.



Area: Budleigh Salterton                               Start Date: November 2020                         End Date: July 2021

A six-month project which will offer adults with learning disabilities the opportunities to learn the practice employability skills through producing preserves (jams, marmalades, chutneys and curds). These will then be sold locally, and proceeds can then be used to create sustainable job opportunities for the target group.


Round 7: 

The Creativity Centre Educational Trust

Area: Torbay/Paignton                            Start Date: May 2021                       End Date: February 2022

Deliver our successful Creating Your Future course with 20 unemployed women from Torbay and South Devon, enabling them to work towards employment, self-employment or accredited training. This online course builds their self-confidence and develops their creative problem-solving abilities, along with other employment-related skills, through 8 interactive workshops, plus mentoring.


Exeter Community Initiatives

Area: Exeter                             Start Date: May 2021                       End Date: March 2022

Remade will provide volunteering opportunities, training and support to people who are unemployed and recovering from addiction, mental health issues and homelessness. Our volunteers will refurbish and upcycle pieces of furniture and other items, creating useful products from waste/recycling materials and receive additional training helping them move towards employment.


Exeter Northcott Theatre

Area: Exeter                             Start Date: August 2021                   End Date: March 2022

Exeter Northcott Futures technical training programme is a unique employer-based offer supporting 12 unemployed adults facing barriers develop the skills, confidence and industry knowledge that will provide progression into training, career development and paid employment within the growing cultural/events industries post Covid.


I Can Do That!

Area: Torbay                                       Start Date: May 2021                       End Date: April 2022

To provide a face to face and virtual work club to all ages in Torbay, providing support to apply for employment and prepare for interviews.


Living Options

Area: Exeter                             Start Date: May 2021                 End Date: May 2022

The Deaf Job Club will allow Deaf British Sign Language users to develop employability skills and knowledge through peer support and training so that more people can fulfil their potential.