From education to employment

Access to Employment: project call in D2N2 LEP

Call to run a project to provide training to unemployed and inactive individuals to secure employment in the Health and Social Care Sector in D2N2 LEP Area.


This call aims to provide training to unemployed and inactive individuals and those furthest from the labour market to secure employment in the Health and Social Care Sector. The Health & Social Care (HSC) sector is one of D2N2’s key skills and employment sectors providing entry level jobs with progression potential to highly skilled roles.

Examples of activity may include:

  • Develop a wider and coordinated approach to improving awareness of careers.
  • Personalised one to one support and learning programmes.
  • Improved access to employment opportunities for people with additional barriers to work or progression.
  • Reducing employment barriers linked to social and economic isolation.
  • Improved access to volunteering opportunities, job placements, work experience, training and in-work development that support access to employment opportunities in the sector.
  • Extra support for apprenticeship opportunities in careers with low staffing ratios or personalised support models, including back-fill.
  • Access to support and development to gain employment in entry level roles and for progression within roles to meet employer needs.
  • Local networks and support groups to facilitate access to skills developments relevant to the sector.
  • Confidence building and motivational activities.
  • Support to find and keep employment in the sector, where appropriate complementing support offered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
  • Deliver pre-recruitment training which is focused on enhancing the individual’s awareness of employer and sector specific skills requirements.
  • Include bespoke job skills provision which targets occupations for which local entry-level vacancies exist, including work trials and work experience which affords the employer and the potential employee a risk-free opportunity to decide if ‘they are right for each other’.
  • Demonstrate employer-led and/or employer-influenced design and delivery.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the D2N2 LEP area.


Approximately £1,814,046 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 30 December 2019.

Completion date

Projects must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed project start date, however the ESF Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances. All ESF Projects must be completed by 31st December 2023. Project costs cannot be incurred beyond this date.

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 19 September 2019 Contents

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