BBO-grantholder-logoProgrammes that we currently deliver through partnerships include the following:


#Focus5 aims to help some of the South West’s most vulnerable young people to make positive steps towards education, employment and training. The Project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.. #Focus5 will provide in-depth support to young people aged 15-18 across the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership area, and make a real difference to their lives.
Over the next three years, working with a range of partners, we will support 490 individuals in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay; including those with mental health issues, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), lone parents, and care leavers. #Focus5 does exactly what it ‘says on the tin’ and focuses on 5 key crucial employability skills, identified by employers as being gateways to employment; communication, customer service, organisation, problem solving, and team work. Young people on the project will get the opportunity to engage in work experience or work shadowing, and receive additional support after leaving the programme so that positive benefits are sustained. Click here to read more…

Skills for Young People, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

We offer vocational skills support to young people aged 15 to 24 who are not in education, training or employment or are at risk of falling out of education, training of employment. Our partnership works with young people to raise their qualification and skills levels and gives them the self-confidence and drive to succeed. We lay the foundations for positive progression into education, volunteering, traineeships, apprenticeships and lasting employment.

I Can, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

We manage the National Careers Service Enhancement for individuals aged 25+ who are employed or recently redundant and require higher level skills training. We provide careers advice and guidance, personal development planning, skills development, and learning and mentoring on an individual basis in conjunction with businesses. Our support, through an extensive partnership network, helps participants to achieve a positive outcome and progress in the workplace.

Swindon and Wiltshire

We manage delivery of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) to young people aged 16 – 24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or are at risk of NEET. We deliver a personalised skills training programme that includes personal planning, mentoring, coaching, counselling and 1:1 support. We support young people to develop and demonstrate their employability skills and make better informed career choices at key transition points.

Skills for Young People, Heart of the South West

We offer young people aged 15 to 18 who are NEET / at risk of NEET vocational skills support to bring them closer to the labour market and equip them with skills that are aligned to the needs of the local labour market. We raise skills levels to provide young people with more and better opportunities.

CEIAG, Dorset

We support unemployed and economically inactive individuals aged 25+ to progress into employment, volunteering, education or apprenticeships through personalised skills support. We develop people’s employability skills and increase access to businesses through vocational training, employment trials, work experience, internships and voluntary work. We link people with businesses in priority and growth sectors, providing them with a better opportunity to secure lasting employment.

To find out more information about the Dorset Local Enterprise area follow the links below.

Employees Support in Skills, Solent

We provide individuals aged 18+ who are employed or at risk of redundancy to develop skills to enable in-work progression or progression into apprenticeships, education. Through this programme we also provide support to businesses to take on and develop individuals to fill intermediate, technical and higher level skills gaps and shortages. We deliver accredited provision at levels 3 and 4, aligned with priority sectors, as well as professional training, and leadership and management training across all sectors.

Support for the Unemployed, Solent

We provide bespoke support and training for individuals aged 18+ who are unemployed or economically inactive and are seeking a return to the labour market. We deliver vocationally related skills training reflective of the needs of local businesses. We also provide individualised information, advice and guidance to each individual to aid a positive outcome.

Independant Support Service

CSW Group has delivered the Independent Support Service for the Council for Disabled Children since September 2014 across Somerset, Devon and Plymouth. The current funding for the Independent Support service will end at the end of July 2018.  After July 2018 you will be able to get support from your local Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS).


We manage and deliver a broad range of programmes in partnership with commissioners and multi-tiered supply chains. We build, develop and refine partnerships to enable more effective achievement of outcomes and to share learning to improve services. We believe that partnership work is essential to achieving positive outcomes and fully meeting the needs of those our programmes support, as well as providing essential evidence to commissioners on what works to inform future commissioning.