Work Routes

The European Social Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are funding an employability programme in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Work Routes is a voluntary programme that helps long-term unemployed people start and sustain work. The programme is tailored to meet the needs of local jobseekers; helping people to overcome their barriers to work with a range of personal support available for up to a year.

By working collaboratively with a range of specialist local partners we reed-logocan reduce economic inactivity and support the people to change their lives for the better. The programme is also able to provide up to 26 weeks of tailored in-work support.

Who is involved?

Lead partner: Reed in Partnership

Other partners: Seetec, F1 Training


To be eligible for the programme people must be unemployed or economically inactive (aged 16+) and fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Long term unemployed or inactive (26 weeks or longer)
  • Basic skills need
  • Have more than one barrier to employment. Barriers may include:
    • A lone parent
    • An older worker (50+)
    • An ex offender
    • Caring responsibilities (including those returning to employment when caring responsibilities end)
    • Have a physical disability or health condition, including sensory impairment
    • Mental Health or Learning Disability
    • Drug or Alcohol dependency
    • An ethnic minority
    • Have low or no qualifications
    • Language barrier (English not first language etc.)


The programme is running across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership area, with delivery offices in Cambridge, Peterborough, Bury St Edmunds, King’s Lynn and Wisbech.

Contact details

Telephone: 01733 295884