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Skills for Growth project in Sheffield City Region

Call to run a project to strengthen skills provision and increase workforce productivity 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.


2 strands are issued within this call, applicants can submit applications to deliver one or both of them. The strands have a clear focus on working with educators and business to strengthen skills provision and increase workforce productivity. There should also be innovation and equity of opportunity through active engagement with relevant institutions and employers, particularly SMEs and micro businesses. Activities will be demonstrably co-designed with local partners, specifically employers and key stakeholders in the FE and HE sector.

Strand 1 should provide support for collaborative projects, placements, internships or other activities with SMEs and micro businesses that enable students and graduates to gain industry-relevant experience and skills which can be in turn absorbed to strengthen future course content.

Strand 2 should work with SMEs and micro businesses to strengthen employment practice with a focus on strengthening opportunities for those disadvantaged in the work place (e.g mental or physical disability, English as a second language etc) through knowledge transfer programmes, industry-based projects etc. For example, supporting SMEs to calculate and analyse their gender pay gap and create an action plan to address issues.

For more information, download the call specfication.


The project must cover the Sheffield City Region LEP area.


Approximately £3,062,551 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. Skills for Growth: project call in Sheffield City Region (OC28S19P1418) is closed.
  2. First published.

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