Finding good people with the right skills is the key to success.
By recruiting someone who has been made redundant, or has become unemployed for another reason, you can benefit from the ReAct programme. ReAct can help you pay their wages and fund job-related training to sharpen skills. So you get the right person for the job – and reduce your staff costs.

What it's about

We are all talented people. Those who lose their jobs through no fault of their own shouldn’t be left standing on the sidelines. It’s bad for them and it's bad for business.

ReAct offers a package of support to help those who’ve been made redundant, or have become unemployed, get back into work quickly. It’s good news for them – and great news for you.

How it works

When you employ a qualifying recruit, we’ll give you up to £3,000 in quarterly instalments for the first 12 months to help cover their wages. We will also pay up to £1,000 for any job-related skills training needed to bring them up to speed.

It makes employing someone who’s or become unemployed a very attractive proposition.

Who is eligible

The person you wish to recruit must either

  • Be under formal Notice of Redundancy or
  • Be within 12 months of the date of redundancy or
  • Be within 12 months of becoming unemployed for reasons other than redundancy

In both cases, they must also be resident in Wales at the date of unemployment and at the date you make your application for funding.

The job you’re offering must be for 16 hours a week or more, paid at National Minimum Wage or above and be expected to last at least 12 months. The job must not be supported by any other public or European funding. Also, your business must not have reached the de minimis threshold for State Aid which limits the amount of funding the Welsh Government can provide.

The recruit will be disqualified from the programme if they start working for you before your application for funding has been approved or if they have been in continuous employment for 6 weeks or more between the date of redundancy or becoming unemployed and the date of the grant application. 
Other conditions apply.

What’s in it for you

  • improve your productivity and competitiveness through recruiting quality staff
  • get funding for job-related training to sharpen the skills of new recruits
  • reduce your staffing costs
  • boost your working capital
  • lower overheads and increase profit

It's TIME to find people with the right skills

For more information on funding and terms and conditions please read the ReAct Guidance Notes. When you’re ready to apply,  please download a copy of the digital application form from Employer recruitment and training support application form. Once you’ve completed the form, please return it, with supporting documents, to

If you have any queries, or would like to request a paper form, please call the Business Wales Helpline on 03000 6 03000 or contact us.

ReAct is part-funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

Programme Checklist EU funds in Wales
Delivery Area All Wales
European Social Fund
Status  Live
Supported by the European Social Fund? Yes
Programme Lead

Welsh Government