CLOSED: Greater Birmingham and Solihull Higher Skills call: OC12S17P0805

Call to run a project to provide higher level skills for employed individuals within the GBSLEP area, as well as addressing sector specific skills shortages.

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.


This Call is to provide additional support to address skills shortages or needs where there are gaps or specific barriers preventing individual progression and up-skilling for those in work.

To increase the number of employed people progressing to the next level skills, particularly at level 3 and above and into higher and advanced level apprenticeships, to support business growth.

It is important that applicants can show that they have considered how their proposal will support the current service offer in the GBSLEP Growth Hub - in the instance of providing support to businesses and mainstream providers in respect of skills and employability services.

For more information, download the call specification .


The project must cover the GBSLEP More Developed area (Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest)


Approximately £6,000,000 of funding is available.


Outline application deadline: 05 October 2017.

Completion date

The project must be completed no later than 10 February 2021.

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. 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 August 2017