COTS are able to assist with funded training under the following programmes, please feel free to give our team a call and ask for some advice….it’s free and you are not committed to anything

How can Access help you into Employment?


The Access Programme is funded by the Welsh Government and is offered in collaboration with a wide range of support from the Welsh Government and our partner organisations such as Careers Wales and Jobcentre Plus.


Access - Who is eligible?


Access support is available if you:

  • Live within the Unitary Authorities listed within the Valleys Task Force Area (Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil , Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Carmarthenshire)

  • Are aged 18 and over

  • Are not eligible for this support from any other available provision including ESF funded programmes.

  • Have been unemployed for 24 months or less and are registered with Jobcentre Plus (this includes those claiming benefits or those claiming credits only), or are included in a spouse or partner’s claim for benefits

  • Have a lack of current, relevant or transferable work experience but are considered work focused

  • Have a reasonable chance of being ready for employment as a result of engaging with the Programme (within 6 months)


A Careers Wales adviser will confirm if your situation meets the above criteria and whether you are eligible for the Access Programme and endorse your application with a Careers Wales Action Plan.

Full ACCESS Programme guidance notes can be downloaded here.

What can ReAct do to help you return to work after redundancy?

We provide a package of support that helps people gain new skills, overcome obstacles and improve their chances of returning to work in the shortest time possible following redundancy.

The package is additional to, and is offered in collaboration with, a wide range of support from the Welsh Government and our partner organisations such as Careers Wales and Job centre Plus. The ReAct programme is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF).

ReAct - Who is eligible?

This support is available if you:

  • Have become unemployed in the last three months as a result of redundancy. At the time we process your application, you must be unemployed and not have worked (16 hours or more per week) for six weeks or more in between the date of your redundancy and the date you apply for ReAct funding. However, for individuals who have already been awarded a ReAct Vocational Training grant within 3 months and have completed ReAct funded Vocational Training, we will allow an additional 3 months from redundancy in which to receive an application for Employer Recruitment Support from an employer.

  • Are under a current notice of redundancy with a leave date within the next three months.

  • Are resident in Wales at the date of issue of notice of redundancy and reside in Wales at the time of application and have the legal right to live and work in the UK.

  • Are currently not undertaking any training which is funded directly or indirectly by public funds. This includes, but is not exclusive to, the Welsh Government’s work-based learning programmes.


Full ReAct Programme guidance notes can be downloaded here.

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