Access to Employment for Jobseekers and Inactive People in Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP (OC12S18P1276)

Call to run a project to address unemployment barriers and basic skills needs in the construction industry as a key sector in enabling and driving economic growth in the GBSLEP area.


The aim of this programme is to encourage growth in the construction industry through the development and expansion of an appropriately skilled workforce, to allow the industry to respond to future business opportunities and major developments as they arise, as well as encouraging unemployed to consider the construction industry as a career.

Funded activity should include:

  • Interventions to attract talented people, at all ages, including unemployed and not employed career-changers from other industries with the aim of increasing the number of apprentices in the construction trade, additionally including: the provision of supported work experience; employer partnerships with skills providers; and activities targeted at groups currently under-represented in the industry e.g. women, and BAME groups;

  • Interventions such as pre-employment activity and pre-apprenticeship activity;

  • Activity that brings together employers and educators to develop and deliver attracting talent packages;

  • Development of skills conversion pathways, with a mix of formal and “permit to work” (e.g. CSCS Cards) qualifications, to attract talent currently economically inactive / unemployed;

  • Interventions to re-attract people who have previously worked in the industry and are currently unemployed;

  • Promoting self-employment and enterprise in the construction sector;

  • Supporting individuals who are workless, to enable them to secure the basic and employability skills which will enable them to secure employment within the construction sector in GBSLEP area; via bespoke pathways to work designed with, and for, businesses operating in construction;

  • Innovative ways of providing work experience, pre-employment training, pre-enterprise training, pre-start up enterprise trials and training.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Birmingham and Solihull LEP Area.


Approximately £1,000,000 of funding is available.


Full application deadline: 01/05/2019

Completion date

The project must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed start date.

How to apply

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and send the Full Application form to the email address provided in the call document. The guidance provides information to help you complete the form.

You are also advised to read the details in the call documents in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.

Where to send completed applications

Completed Full Applications must be submitted to

Failure to send completed applications to this email address by the deadline in the call specification will be ineligible for consideration.

Contact details

Contact with queries linked to accessing or using the specification, forms, guidance etc.

No applications are to be sent to this email address. Completed applications must be sent to the email address provided in the ‘Where to send completed applications’ section above / Section 9 of the Call Specification.

Published 6 February 2019