Latest update on ESF provision

Future Open Calls Research and Releases of New Calls

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) reviewed the development of future European Social Fund (ESF) Open Call specifications in 2017.  The LLEP worked with consultants S4W Ltd. to research the need and likely demand for future ESF activity to inform the proposed release of a series of Calls for Activity during Autumn of 2017 onwards, with activity to start in 2018. A final report on the research has now been produced and is available on: ESF Future Open Calls Consultancy Report August 2017. 

Graduate Retention Open Call

A new European Social Fund Open Call for Leicester and Leicestershire was released on 17 September 2018 and will close on 10 December 2018.  This call is focused on Graduate Retention and has an allocation of £1.3 million of LLEP ESF funding under Investment Priority 2.2.

See the call link on:

£4.6m available under the LLEP’s European Social Fund Programme ESFA Opt-in

The LLEP area ITT’s were launched on the 20 August for £4.6m ESFA Opt-in funding calls under Skills Support for the Unemployed, Skills Support for the Workforce and Community Grants on the Bravo Solutions Portal and closed on September 17.

For further information contact Fiona Baker the LLEP’s Strategy Lead for Skills on 0116 454 1550


To date, ESF contracts have been awarded as follows:

Under Investment Priority 2.1 Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning

ITT30055 Employees Support in Skills – (£5,454,500) – Skills Metro The contract has been awarded to Interserve (ESG Skills Ltd).

ITT30056 Employees Support in Skills –(£1,818,150) – Business and Enterprise Skills. The contract has been awarded to North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.

ITT30057 Employees Support in Skills – (£1,818,150) – Leadership and Management. The contract has been awarded to Calderdale College (this programme has now ended).

Find out more on the above programmes in our section ‘Skills Support for the Workforce’ on


Under Investment Priority 1.2 The sustainable integration of young people

Entry to Employment Support £5,400,000 Opt-in (Department for Work and Pensions); the successful provider is Working Links.

Ex-offenders into Employment £908,800 Opt-in (Skills Funding Agency), successful provider Derby Business College, activity ongoing, the programme is called AIM (Achieve, Inspire, Motivate)

NEET Support £2,454,500 Opt-in (Skills Funding Agency), the successful provider is Prospects, activity is ongoing, the programme is called ‘Improve your Prospects’


Under Investment Priority 1.1 Access to employment for job seekers and inactive people

Employment Gateway £2,060, 500 Opt-in (Skills Funding Agency); the successful provider is Business 2 Business (UK)

Sector Based Initiatives £409, 000 Opt-in (Skills Funding Agency); the successful provider is Derby Business College

The LLEP is working with providers to add further information about each programme in the near future.