CLOSED: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning - Higher Skills Development project call D2N2 LEP area (OCO8S16P0487)

Call to run a project that will improve graduate retention and stimulate graduate returners to the D2N2 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.


D2N2 will commission activity which will ensure education and training systems reflect employer requirements; engage new start businesses and SMEs in the education and skills agenda; equip the workforce with the skills and competencies required by local employers, both at present and in the future; extend and deepen engagement between business sectors and training providers; encourage better matching of skills supply with employer need to address recruitment difficulties and unemployment; and develop employer-led, added value, flexible provision.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the D2N2 LEP Area


Approximately £3,767,593 of funding is available.


Outline application deadline: 15/01/17.

Completion date

The project must be completed no later than 31/12/2019.

How to apply

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

You will also need to complete the Annex for ESF IP2.2 calls.

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 2014-2020.ESFAPPLICATIONS@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK. Failure to send completed applications to this email address by the deadline in the call specification will be ineligible for consideration.

What happens next

If your outline application is successful, we’ll contact you and ask you to make a full application.

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 22 November 2016
Last updated 16 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning - Higher Skills Development project call D2N2 LEP area (OCO8S16P0487) is now closed
  2. The D2N2 Call Specification for OC08S16P0487 has been amended to show a revised minimum contract value.
  3. First published.