Call to run a project to up-skill, retrain and enable progression in work for those over 50 which will support workplace retention and support SMEs to improve business productivity.


There are two aspects to the Humber 50+ Retaining, Retraining and Recruiting call for projects. Activity supported under IP2.1 seeks projects which will support skills development for those employed over 50, to up-skill, retrain and enable progression in work which will support workplace retention and ultimately improve business productivity.

IP2.2 seeks activities that will support SMEs to build their capacity to provide project/placement/internship opportunities for people 50+ and to recognise the value of keeping hold of talent or bringing experience into their workforce, as well as the barriers to employment that they face. This could also include the brokerage of opportunities to encourage and increase work placements, development opportunities and apprenticeships for those aged 50+ through wider employer engagement and involving supply chains.

The programmes of activity must be delivered across the whole of the Humber. Applicants must demonstrate how they will ensure that is achieved and that participants and SMEs in each local authority area of the Humber take part in the programme (Hull, East Riding, North and North East Lincolnshire).

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Humber LEP area.


Approximately £1m of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 14 December 2020

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 [email protected]

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 to [email protected]

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 [email protected]. This address should not be used to request technical support.

Published 28 September 2020
Last updated 18 November 2020 + show all updates

  1. Humber – 50+ Retaining, Retraining, Recruiting – OC18S20P1773 closing date has been extended to 14 December 2020

  2. First published.