Open Minds Project - Coleg Harlech, North Wales

Intermediate Labour Market Project (ILM)

Leaflet in English Leaflet in Welsh

Coleg Harlech WEA(N) has recently been awarded a contract from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) to create 65 new jobs in Harlech.

The Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) is a scheme funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Structural Funds (European Social Fund), and managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), the umbrella body for the third sector in Wales.

Judith Cole, project manager advised "People will be able to come to us who are unemployed and haven't really got skills or qualifications. We'll be paying them and they'll be able to learn skills that they can use in rural Wales, we'll be looking at land management, recycling, waste management and agriculture. Self-employment will also be a big theme given the shortage of large businesses in the area."

Participants on the programme are expected to attend work/training 35 hours a week, simulating a working routine. As such they are paid a wage (at minimum wage rate) by the college. Over 18 months 65 people will be employed for 12-week periods
The project is delivered at Coleg Harlech under the guidance and support of its skilled staff. The working week will be made up of approximately 2½ days of practical work experience and 2½ days receiving education, depending on individual need.

Those on the programme will undertake a nationally recognised qualification in employability, which covers areas such as CV and letter writing, application forms, interview skills and self development. Based on need, individuals will be encouraged and supported to develop their IT, literacy and numeracy skills, with the opportunity to gain qualifications where appropriate. Dyslexia support is also readily available, as well as a personal counsellor for those taking part on the programme

Contact Judith Cole, project manager, or Julie Roberts, project administrator on 01766 781900 or email

The launch was covered by S4C as shown below or is available on YouTube from this link

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