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Skills for Growth project in North East LEP area

CLOSED: ESF Skills for Growth project call in North East LEP area OC25S19P1405

Call to run a project to promote the development of a highly skilled workforce in the North East 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.


This Call is seeking applications which help deliver the North East region’s strategies and plans that promote the development of a highly skilled workforce.

Applications are particularly welcome which have a focus on the following sectors:

Those areas of the economy that are strategically important to the region, notably:

  • Digital
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Health, Life Sciences and Social care
  • Energy

Those industrial sectors in the region that ‘enable’ growth in other sectors of the regions’ economy notably:

  • Construction
  • Education
  • Financial Business & Professional Services
  • Transport & Logistics

Those sectors of the economy that employ most of the regions workforce and form the majority employment base, including:

  • Administrative and clerical
  • Arts, Culture and Tourism
  • Care & human healthcare services
  • Customer services and retail
  • Hospitality & Catering

As well as these strategically important and enabling sectors, upskilling the workforce through the offer of learning and development opportunities is vital across the whole of the regions’ economy and this call therefore has specifically been designed to generate interest and applications across all sectors that will augment both the skillsets of individual employees and support business productivity and growth.

For Priority 2.1 this call seeks proposals for projects that provide training and learning and development opportunities for people within the current workforce in the region to acquire new skills from basic skills levels through to management and leadership programmes across the full range of employment sectors.

For Priority 2.2 this call seeks proposals that support activity to improve the opportunities to provide placements, work experience and higher-level apprenticeships within SMEs and micro businesses and build the capacity and infrastructure of SMEs and micro businesses to create such opportunities in the North East region.

Consortia/Partnership Applications

Applications are encouraged from consortia or other similar types of partnership arrangements.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the North East Region LEP Area.


Approximately £27.16m of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 27 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 8 May 2019
Last updated 3 September 2019 + show all updates

  1. ESF Skills for Growth project call in North East LEP area OC25S19P1405 is now closed.
  2. First published.

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