CLOSED: Enhanced Local Flexibility for the Unemployed Programme for Leeds City Region LEP Area OC20S18P1232

Call to run a project or projects to tackle the deep seated barriers to work for all who need it in the Leeds City Region LEP Area. Projects should target participants who are unemployed (either registered or not registered unemployed) with day one access.

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.


Projects must be flexible and responsive to address individual needs and should address some or all of the following:

  • Personalised one to one support and learning programmes (to include mentoring, key worker/advocate model tailored support to meet individual need with a minimum of weekly contact – including an initial assessment to establish their level of capability, skills and aptitude and/or any specific barriers;

  • Work related activities including work experience, volunteering, work tasters, work trials, sector based work academies, mock interviews, employer visits;

  • Flexible delivery to ensure equality and diversity and to meet the needs of the different groups i.e. age, gender, culture, religion;

  • One to one intensive support to include careers information advice and guidance, including advice on self-employment, transferable skills, tailored employability support, advice on childcare, benefits of work, peer mentors/role models/inspirational leaders to share their experiences;

  • One to one and small group sessions delivered in community locations such as faith centres where cultural barriers to engagement are identified;

  • Conversational English, English language skills for the workplace including Health and Safety and workplace vocabulary;

  • Changing mindset, raising confidence, motivation, aspirations, self-worth, empowering participants to become independent outside of the family environment;

  • Engagement with employers to change the perceptions of older workers/ageism/ethnic minorities, long term unemployed etc. – looking at innovative ways to combat discriminatory employment practices;

  • Vocational training to include nationally recognised certification in food hygiene, first aid, manual handing, health and safety, SIA, CSCS etc.

  • Referrals to specialist provision including drug and alcohol support, housing, financial support, occupational health advice, understanding work in the UK, employability and language skills awareness of Access to Work provision etc.

  • Support via Naric to obtain a “statement of Comparability” to detail how qualifications achieved in own country for ethnic minorities relate to UK qualifications and certificates;

  • Referral to basic skills for those illiterate in their own language;

  • In work support including workplace training and up-skilling;

  • Opportunity for family participation to overcome cultural, societal and religious barriers;

  • Overcoming the gang culture way of life through peer mentors who have lived experience where this is relevant to geographic need;

  • Support for those who have been victims of modern day slavery/trafficking or subject to domestic violence who have now been removed from that situation;

  • Digital skills training dependant on individual need and current level of English. To include using a computer, keyboard and mouse, modern online job searching and applications, updating and tailoring CV’s to job applications and uploading CV’s online, managing a Universal Credit account online (where registering or registered under employed), keeping safe online;

  • Brokering guaranteed job interviews for individual participants;

  • Well networked individuals who will use their business connections to facilitate specific introductions between disadvantaged jobseekers and employers;

  • Labour market information to identify local job opportunities, sectors recruiting, skills needs and up skilling/training opportunities.

Applicants need to ensure their project will operate across one or more of the following West Yorkshire local authority area geographies: Bradford; Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and/or Wakefield. Projects must deliver activity which directly contributes to the objectives of Priority Axis 1, Investment Priority 1.1 of the ESF Operational Programme.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Leeds City Region LEP Area.


Approximately £27,339,470 of funding is available.


Full application deadline: 29/01/2019

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 Outline 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 20 November 2018
Last updated 31 January 2019 + show all updates
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