From education to employment

Bespoke Skills Service

Call to run a project focusing on supporting businesses in priority sectors, addressing skills gaps that challenge the growth ambitions of small and micro-businesses in particular.


Support under this programme will focus on helping:

Sole traders, micro-businesses and small enterprises (<50 employees) based in the LEP’s rural and coastal areas.

The training must clearly support market expansion, innovation or improved productivity and individual beneficiaries must be employees whose skills development is deemed critical to meeting these objectives, regardless of their job role. Where appropriate, the provision should also help those businesses who need to strengthen their position within manufacturing and other supply chains to which they belong.

Organisations operating in the LEP’s priority sectors of:

  • Bio-economy
  • Agri-tech
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Food and Drink Manufacturing
  • Health and Social Care
  • Visitor Economy
  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise and
  • Businesses incorporating within their growth plans measures aligned to the LEP’s clean energy and circular economy strategies.

The Bespoke Skills Service proposed programme, informed by existing good practice, is based on a co-funding model. There is strong evidence that SMEs value joint public/private investment in training. It drives greater employer involvement in the actual design, delivery and quality assurance arrangements of provision. The proposed co-funding arrangements are for a 50% Employer contribution to total training costs from companies who pay their business rates to one of the following Local Authorities: East Riding, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale and Scarborough and 60% from those paying their rates to City of York Council and the Local Authorities of Craven, Harrogate and Selby.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP Area.


Approximately £700,000 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 07 January 2020

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 15 October 2019 Contents

Related Articles