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Access to Employment project in Sheffield City Region

Call to run a project to skill residents to meet the current and future needs and opportunities for work in new and emerging sectors in Sheffield City Region LEP area.

This call is now closed. Please do not submit an application for this call. The information provided on this page is for reference purposes only.


3 strands are issued within this call with the specific objective of reducing adult unemployment and economic inactivity. Bidders can submit applications to deliver one, more or all of them.

Applications should have differentiation from existing ESF projects as they have a clear geographic focus to intensify the support for those unemployed and inactive adults residing in areas experiencing economic and market failure and, consequently, high levels of social and economic exclusion. Applicants should clearly state a rationale supporting the targeting of the geographies included in their submission.

It is anticipated that there will be a key focus on disadvantaged individuals living in disadvantaged areas and a clear portfolio of individually tailored provision delivered in community settings where appropriate.

Priority groups for this call are:

  • Not employed career changers (specifically those over 50 and women and carers returning to work).
  • Unemployed /inactive refugees and migrants to integrate them into the labour market.
  • The unemployed or inactive residents in disadvantaged groups and reach those who are not currently receiving support, particularly Roma and Traveller communities.
  • Care leavers.
  • Ex offenders (provider/s will be expected to work alongside and add value to existing HMPPS provision)
  • Lone Parents.
  • Economically inactive women, particularly of ethnic minorities including those with child or elder care responsibilities and who often face multiple disadvantages.
  • Unemployed people with disabilities, particularly people with a mild learning disability or learning difficulty.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Sheffield City Region LEP area.


Approximately £2,107,829 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 12 August 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.

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 20 May 2019
Last updated 27 August 2019 + show all updates

  1. Access to Employment: project call in Sheffield City Region (OC28S19P1419) is closed.
  2. Access to Employment: project call in Sheffield City Region (OC28S19P1419) is closed.
  3. First published.

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