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ESF: October Funding Call

17th November 2017

Call 1.2 Sustainable Integration of Young People into the Labour Market

 Call to run a project which provides holistic support for young people to be ready for work

 Call priorities:

  • Helping more young people, specifically people aged 15 to 24, enter traineeships and apprenticeships.
  • Improve quality of what training is offered to individuals by improving recruitment and assessment, and engagement with employers.
  • Provide additional work experience and pre-employment training for unemployed 18-24-year olds
  • Support young, lone parents to overcome barriers faced in entering and progressing in work.
  • Find and engage young people disconnected from mainstream activity - including gang members, care leavers, young lone parents or carers, young people with learning or other disabilities to enter education, training, employment or supported apprenticeships
  • Address basic skills needs of young people not in Education, Employment or Training, and pre-NEET to help them progress

Minimum project allocation £50,000 match-fund up to 50% of total eligible

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/sustainable-integration-of-young-people-into-the-labour-market-in-south-east-midlands-lep-oc31s17p0906

Call 2.1 Enhancing pathways to progression

Call to run a project supporting employed individuals to improve their skills and encourage progression within the work place in the South East Midlands LEP (SEMLEP) Area.

Call priorities:

  • To address the basic skills needs of employed people, particularly in SMEs and micro businesses.
  • To increase the skills level of employed people from the existing level to the next level up, to encourage progression in employment.
  • To increase the number of people with technical and job specific skills, particularly at level 3 and above and into higher and advanced level apprenticeships, to support business growth.
  • To increase the skills levels of employed women to encourage progression in employment and help address the gender employment and wage gap.

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/south-east-midlands-pathways-to-progression-oc31s17p0913

 Call 2.2 Skills for the Future

Call to run a project to bridge the gap between the skills requirements of SMEs and those held by potential recruits

  • To promote improvements in labour market relevance of skills provision through active engagement with relevant institutions, employers, particularly SMEs and Micro businesses.
  • Enable the design of skills provision that helps people gain skills and qualifications relevant to the needs of businesses.
  • Initiatives required across all sectors but most urgently in health and social care, construction and logistics.

 https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/south-east-midlands-skills-for-the-future-oc31s17p0907

Technical assistance provided by Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire and Commsortia under the Unlocking ESF Potential project, part funded by the European Social Fund.  Please contact: becky.thornton@voluntaryimpact.org.uk