Enhancing Equal access to lifelong learning - IP2.1: Cheshire and Warrington LEP (OC03S18P1135)

Call to run a project to assist employers in articulating their aggregated demand for skills, and to work with consortia of training providers in the successful delivery of training in the Cheshire and Warrington LEP area.


This project will enable groups of large and small employers (grouped by sector or geography as described above) to work together with training, skills development and education providers pooling knowledge and resources. Establishing a critical mass of learners and developing coherent packages of training and education initially with a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and digital skills and the key sectors identified in the Strategic Economic Plan.

To this end, it is expected that the project will support the employment of independent and impartial skills brokers to work alongside the LEP Growth Hub to assist employers in articulating their aggregated demand for skills, and to work with consortia of training providers in the successful delivery of training packages to meet those needs.

The project will also support the capacity of skills providers to directly engage with employers and their employees to understand and respond to their skill needs. This will result in the development of packages of support for these employers.

These packages of support will be focused on developing the skills and competencies needed by employees to work successfully in the key growth sectors. IT and digital skills will be a key underpinning theme of all the training packages.

In addition, the project will establish an information and communications hub that will develop and provide information on the Cheshire and Warrington labour market and employer skill needs. This will provide a resource to partners across Cheshire and Warrington with a view to improving the information underpinning the development of training packages, support for lifelong learning and the delivery of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Cheshire and Warrington LEP Area.


Approximately £14,800,000 of funding is available.


Outline application deadline: 28/09/2018

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 Outline 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 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 esf.2014-2020@dwp.gsi.gov.uk 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 10 July 2018