Enhancing Equal Access to Lifelong Learning - Cheshire and Warrington (OC03S19P1700)

Call to run a project to deliver a range of workforce training and support in the key growth sectors across the Cheshire and Warrington LEP area.


The activities being sought under this call include:

Workforce Development

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.

Support to Address In-Work Poverty

There is concern that nearly one in five workers in Cheshire and Warrington are now earning below the Real Living Wage of £9 an hour, as set by the Living Wage Campaign. Packages of support need to be developed, and could include –:

  • mentoring, support and advice (through one to one or group sessions where a number of individuals are in the same company) for people who are employed or under-employed, to help them understand their options for progression with their current employer or elsewhere
  • accredited and non-accredited training to help individuals improve their skills, ultimately leading to higher earnings and greater career progression
  • support for literacy - including ESOL and financial literacy - to address the wider social inclusion agenda, numeracy and ICT skills

Redundancy Support

Education and training support for people who are at risk of redundancy, have recently been made redundant or have been unemployed for 6 months or less, to enable them to remain in, or find, sustainable employment.

Applications are encouraged from consortia or other similar types of partnership arrangements. In each such case the application must be completed and submitted in the ECLAIMS IT system by the lead organisation on behalf of the partnership/consortia. The lead applicant must have the financial capacity to meet the required Due Diligence criteria and, if ESF funding is awarded, this organisation will then become the lead Grant Recipient, accountable for delivery of the overall ESF Project.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Cheshire and Warrington LEP area.


Approximately £1,970,000 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 18 March 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 E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk

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 E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk

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 esf.2014-2020@dwp.gov.uk. This address should not be used to request technical support.

Published 27 November 2019
Last updated 12 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Enhancing Equal Access to Lifelong Learning - Cheshire and Warrington (OC03S19P1700) project call, closing date is now 18 March 2020.

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