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Deputy Minister confirms phased closure of Genesis Cymru Wales 2 programme
A recent internal review of the programme found that it was underperforming against recruitment, expenditure and performance targets.
The review also identified ways in which support available through the Genesis programme could be integrated within other existing employability programmes.
Following the review’s findings, the Deputy Minister asked officials to explore the reasons why the programme was underperforming and to consider its phased, early closure.
Alternative options for providing the support currently available through the programme have been explored in detail and discussed with Local Authorities, the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) and other key stakeholders.
Confirming the phased closure of the programme yesterday, the Deputy Minister said:
"Whilst Genesis helped many people to develop their confidence and self-esteem to find work now or in the future, we cannot ignore the fact that the programme was continuing to underperform.
"One of the key aims of the programme was to support hard-to-reach groups into employment and performance figures showed that this objective was simply not being met for the project as a whole and did not compare favourably with other programmes delivering to similar groups of participants.
"The programme has been subject to ongoing performance review and monitoring. We strived to ensure that delivery within Local Authorities was focused more clearly on employment and training outcomes
"Despite this, targets were missed and the programme has continued to underperform. Lessons will be learnt from this and will inform the way we deliver future adult employment and skills programmes in Wales. Similarly, we will ensure that we integrate the best practice from Genesis in the development of future programmes.
"Our immediate priority now is to ensure that participants are not disadvantaged by any change to the support and services they currently receive.
"Welsh Government officials are in active discussions with Local Authorities to take forward available options for the transition of Genesis participants into alternative employability programmes."