Call to run a project to support improvements in the labour market relevance of skills provision through active engagement with employers, particularly SMEs and Micro businesses.

Details

This call will support the D2N2 ambition for employed individuals to increase their skills levels and encourage progression in employment, for the current or future opportunities that may emerge. The additional support will support employees to gain higher skills, to drive growth in their organisation by improving productivity and innovation.

It will lead to a project which will be flexible, responsive and aligned to the skills needs of our businesses and will support improvements in the labour market relevance of skills provision through active engagement with employers, particularly SMEs and Micro businesses. This will include developing skills to grow in current markets and gain enhanced business access to future and emerging markets in the post COVID-19 and Brexit landscape.

The additional support from this investment priority will enable the design of skills provision which will help individuals gain skills and qualifications relevant to the needs of the employer and labour market; particularly those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The call will support the D2N2 ambition for employed individuals to increase their skills levels and encourage progression in employment, for the current or future opportunities that may emerge. The additional support will support employees to gain higher skills, to drive growth in their organisation by improving productivity and innovation. This call will lead to a project which will be flexible, responsive and aligned to the skills needs of our businesses.

For more information, download the call specification.

Location

The project must cover the D2N2 LEP area.

Value

Approximately £ 2,000,000 of ESF is available.

Deadlines

Full application deadline: Midnight -10 June 2021

Completion date

Projects must be financially completed (i.e. have a proposed Financial Completion Date) no later than 31st December 2023; however, the Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances.

Full Application Submission

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.

Please note: the ECLAIMS IT System can only be access from within the UK.

Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.

If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ‘ECLAIMS External Access Form’ by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.

It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.

You are also advised to read the details in the call specification in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the ESF Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.

Technical Support

If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.

The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This address should not be used to request technical support.

Published 18 March 2021 Contents