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Getting Ahead

Encouraging 16–18 years olds into work placements to enhance their employability
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Funding size:
more than £1,000,000
Total available:
One grant of £3.4 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed.

What’s it all about?

Getting Ahead is funded by money that has been dormant in bank and building society accounts across the UK for 15 years or more. How we spend this money in Wales has been decided by the Welsh Government, which has issued us with policy directions outlining its priorities for supporting children and young people. The Big Lottery Fund has worked closely with the Welsh Government to develop this programme.

The programme hopes to engage, prepare and motivate young people aged 16–18 years into undertaking a six month paid supported work placement in order to enhance their chances of progressing into sustainable employment or further learning or training by increasing their employability skills.

It will target:

  • Young people who have offended who are between the ages of 16 and 18. By young people who have offended, we mean those who are in contact with, or known to, the local youth offending team (YOT). They may include former offenders and those who are currently in young offenders institutions.
  • Those who meet the definition of a care leaver as outlined in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000, between the ages of 16 and 18.

Click here or see below for the interim evaluation of the Getting Ahead programme.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation


  • Young People
  • Education, learning and skills
  • Identifying and meeting need
  • Supporting positive transitions


  • Young people