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Work Routes has been commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions and The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership. It is co-funded by the European Social Fund. The service supports unemployed people in Shropshire, Telford and Herefordshire. Enable is working with Reed in Partnership to provide the service.

Work Routes aims to help those who are furthest away from the Labour Market to find sustainable employment.   This is done through;

  • Personalised one-to-one support
  • Confidence and mindset courses
  • Health and wellbeing support
  • Work experience/trials/volunteering
  • Self-employment IAG
  • Money management workshops
  • Referrals to specialist support provisions in the local area
  • Interventions from work-focused training as needed.

Where can this support be accessed?

Enable deliver this service on behalf of Reed in Partnership in the following locations;

  • Shrewsbury
  • Market Drayton
  • Ludlow
  • Oswestry
  • Whitchurch

(if you require support in Bridgnorth, Telford or Hereford, please contact Reed in Partnership).

Who is it for?

To be eligible for Work Routes, participants must be legally resident and have the right to take paid employment in the UK.  Participants must be age 16 or over.  There is no upper age limit for participants.

Participants must be either unemployed or inactive and must fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Long – term unemployed (26 weeks +)
  • Basic Skills need (below Level 1)
  • At least one barrier to work, such as
    • Lone parent
    • Worker aged 50 +
    • Ex-offender
    • Carer
    • Disability/health condition
    • Mental health needs
    • Learning disability
    • Substance misuse
    • Ethnic minority
    • Low/no qualifications
    • Language barrier (English not first language)

Key elements

The key elements of the programme include

  • 1:1 caseworker support
  • Tailored employability support
  • Employer engagement
  • Local integration for wrap-around support
  • In-work support

Work focused training

We can also provide participants with skills and qualifications linked to the local labour market using the following tools

  • Personalised one-to-one support
  • Non-accredited training menu including employability courses and sector taster workshops
  • Accredited training eg customer service, retail & hospitality
  • Employer routeways linked to guaranteed interviews
  • Referral to training provision in the local area
  • Interventions from work-focussed support strand as needed

In- work support

In-work support is available to all members who start work during the programme.  This includes:

  • 26 tailored in-work support
  • Into work meeting
  • Weekly contact for the first four weeks to overcome early issues
  • 13 week in-work progression review
  • Career support
  • Employer support


If you, or anyone you know meet any of the criteria above and would like support with accessing employment, please contact Enable on 01743 255109


For More Info


Shropshire Council
Sitka Drive
Shrewsbury Business Park
Shrewsbury, SY2 6LG

01743 276900


Adult Social Care
Shropshire Council
Victoria Centre
Victoria Road
Oswestry, SY11 2HT

01691 661722


Ludlow Youth Centre
65 Lower Galdeford
Ludlow, SY8 1RT

Market Drayton

Raven House
129 Cheshire Street
Market Drayton
Shropshire, TF9 3AH