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The Apprenticeship Hub, York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

Call to run a project to broker opportunities and solutions to meet skills priorities -building advantage through the development and increase of high quality apprenticeships.


The ESF Managing Authority is seeking a programme of activity to broker opportunities for Apprenticeship levy to be used as match to support new apprenticeship starts in relevant SMEs within the levy payer’s supply chain or industry sector and build competitive advantage through the development and increase of high quality apprenticeships prioritising the following key sectors:

  • Agritec
  • Bio renewables
  • Food Manufacture
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise
  • Visitor Economy
  • Health and social care

Activity should include:

  • training and support for employed individuals within SMEs to access apprenticeship training, ensuring activity does not duplicate existing provision.
  • locally tailored solutions to meet the skills priorities of eligible SME employers through apprenticeships.
  • offering SME employers a single point of contact, providing impartial advice and support on apprenticeships – including apprenticeship reforms and changes to funding and access to new Higher and Degree Apprenticeships for existing employees.
  • work across the LEP Area to promote the new apprenticeship standards – enabling SMEs, particularly in rural areas or areas of disadvantage, to access apprenticeships and increase take-up.

For more information, download the call specification.

This section should set out what type of project/project activities/target participants this call is seeking to address the local needs set out in the Local Priorities section of the call specification.


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


Approximately £1m of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 13 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 18 October 2019 Contents

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