Skills and employment

Our employment teams can work with you on both your employment goals and your wellbeing. Together, you’ll find ways that you can build your confidence, improve your mental health, and access training and opportunities.

Cardiff – Vale of Glamorgan – Rhondda Cynon Taf – Merthyr

Peer Mentoring Programme

One-to-one support on your way back into work

The Out of Work Peer Mentoring Service offers one-to-one support as you find your way back into work, delivered by peer mentors who understand the challenges you’re facing. They can work with you to find the volunteering, training or employment opportunities you need.

We’ll talk with you about your goals, and work with you on a plan to achieve them. We’ll meet you in your community and provide information, advice and guidance in confidence to support you on your way back into work.

Is this for me? It’s for people who have experienced mental health challenges – like anxiety or depression – or who are in recovery from alcohol or substance use.

It’s available if:

  • Over 25: You’ve been unemployed for more than 12 months, or are receiving ESA or Universal Credit
  • 16 – 24: You’re not in education, employment or training.

If you’re not sure, get in touch with us to check.

Take the next step. Talk to us to get started:

T: 01443 845975
E: oows@platfform.org

Supported by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government


Cwm Taf

Peer Mentoring Programme

We is now offering our Peer Mentoring Out of Work Service to 16 – 24 year olds in the Cwm Taf area.  Over the last five years, our service has a strong track record of working with people who have faced challenges with their mental health or substance use. We have worked with people across RCT and Merthyr to overcome their challenges, improve their wellbeing, and secure employment and volunteering positions.

  • One to one mentoring from people with lived experience of overcoming mental health challenges. This mentoring is tailored to each person’s needs.
  • Funding for training courses that will help to gain employment – for example PTS and CSCS cards.
  • Funding for PPE, work and interview clothing, and initial travel costs.
  • Funding and support to get back into full time education.
  • In-house wellbeing and confidence courses.
  • A programme backed by a proven successful track record.

Is this for me? It’s for people who have experienced mental health challenges – like anxiety or depression – or who are in recovery from alcohol or substance use.

It’s available if:

  • you’re aged 16 – 24 and you’re not in education, employment or training.

If you’re not sure, get in touch with us to check.

Take the next step. Talk to us to get started:

T: 01443 845975
E: oows@platfform.org


Blaenau Gwent – Torfaen – Caerphilly Borough

Platfform Academi

Build your confidence, identify your strengths, and figure out what’s next

If you’ve been out of work due to mental health challenges, or feel that those challenges are affecting your confidence, we can work with you to figure out your next step.

Platfform Academi focuses on your goals, strengths and abilities, and provides training and inspiration to overcome the challenges you face, learn the skills you need, and build the confidence you want.

Ready to move on? If you’re over 25 and economically inactive or long-term unemployed, Platfform Academi can work with you to create an individually-tailored programme. This will help you access volunteering, training and employment opportunities.

Talk to us:

T: 01495 245802
E: connect@platfform.org

Funded by the WCVA Active Inclusion Fund and supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.


Blaenau Gwent – Torfaen – Caerphilly Borough

Platfform Academi Youth

Build your confidence, identify your strengths, and figure out what’s next

If you’ve been out of work due to mental health challenges or feel that those challenges are affecting your confidence, we can work with you to figure out your next step.

Academi Platfform Youth focuses on your goals, strengths & abilities, providing training & inspiration to overcome the challenges you face, learn the skills you need and build the confidence you want.

Ready to move on? If you live in Caerphilly County Borough, Blaenau Gwent or Torfaen, and are aged 16 – 24 and not in work or education, Academi Platfform Youth can work with you to create an individually tailored programme. This will help you access volunteering, training and employment opportunities.

Talk to us:

T: 01495 245802
E: connect@platfform.org

The project has been supported by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government.


Caerphilly Borough

Pathways to Employment

Find your path forwards

If you’ve been out of work due to mental health challenges, or feel that those challenges are affecting your confidence, we can work with you to figure out your next step.

Platfform’s Pathways to Employment project offers community, training and inspiration to overcome the challenges you face. You can meet people who have experienced similar challenges, get information to support for your wellbeing, access training to learn the skills you need and build the confidence you want.

Ready to move forward? If you’re over 18 and would like support to access employment, training, volunteering and wellbeing support we can work with you to create an individually-tailored programme.

Talk to us:

T: 01495 245802
E: connect@platfform.org

Funded by the Caerphilly Borough Council’s Pathways to Employment.

Participants from Platfform Academi and Pathways to Employment can access the Welcome Space, a relaxed, no-pressure weekly get together. People come along to chat in a friendly atmosphere and there’s optional crafts, music, creative projects and wellbeing courses.

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