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£20 M ESF pot for Employability and Skills Development in London

The London Development Agency(LDA) today opened applications for projects which will improve peoples skills and help them access jobs in London. The LDA has published the prospectus for applications to a £20 million fund of combined European Social Fund (ESF) and LDA money.

The £20 million is aimed at groups who face the biggest barriers to work in London and will fund a range of activities such as job search advice and support, basic skills and vocational qualifications. The programme will contribute to sustainable economic growth and social inclusion by extending employment opportunities and by developing a skilled and adaptable workforce in London.

London Development Agency Chief Executive Manny Lewis said:”This new European Social Fund pot for London will make a real difference to Londons greatest economic challenge: getting jobless Londoners into work.

“I am delighted to invite applications for people to get match-funding for projects that create job opportunities and improve peoples skills. This will help more Londoners share in the benefits of Londons booming economy.

Applications for funding will need to be completed by 14 January 2008. Projects funding will start from April 2008.

More information

Further information and details on how to apply for funding are available on this website:

A further tranche of £20m funding will become available from the LDA in the summer of 2008.

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