The LLEP proposes to release 6 new European Social Fund (ESF) Open Calls resulting from the ESF Open Calls Research conducted earlier this year. The six themes identified from the research were:
- Support for those over 50
- Support for individuals from BAME groups and emerging migrant communities
- Business Leadership and Management Training – Skills Needs and Workforce Planning
- Sector Based Development Programmes
- Flexible skills support for individuals under-employed or in unstable employment
- Improving engagement of business in Graduate Recruitment
To date, the following calls have been released:
- £1.9m ESF Skills for Sector-led Growth
This call is based on the need to upskill current employees in sectors where there are identified skills gaps. Training will support employed or underemployed residents to complete qualifications / part qualifications and non-accredited training, offer support for women and BAME to progress in the workplace and address a lack of skills at technical levels.
- £1.9m Leadership & Management Training
This call is centred on the need for businesses to better understand the link between improvements in staff skills and resulting increase in productivity. It is therefore focused on leadership and management support aimed at supporting SMEs with skills development, HR and workforce planning.
These calls were launched at an event following the Annual ESIF Event on 19 October 2017 and both calls have a closing date of 10 January 2017.
We are currently awaiting guidance from the Managing Authority, the Department for Work and Pensions, on when the remaining four ESF open calls will be released.
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