South West Workways Final Evaluation

The South West Workways project has successfully supported over twelve thousand unemployed and inactive people in South West Wales over a five and a half year period. The project has proved flexible enough to deal with challenging economic conditions, with changes to government employment policy and ongoing uncertainty about project funding.

The evaluation has found that participation in South West Workways is strongly beneficial for participants. Analysis has identified a statistically significant positive effect on employment resulting from participation in South West Workways. In addition, South West Workways participants also reported a range of positive impacts on their soft skills. Participants reported that the person-centred, holistic approach to support delivered through South West Workways boosted their confidence and helped them with mental and emotional issues and that this was very important.