Humber - Leadership and Management (OC18S20P1733)

Call to run a project which will support SME businesses to develop the Leadership and Management skills of their workforce, as an essential component of driving up productivity.


The focus of delivery must be on supporting participants to complete qualifications / part-qualifications in Leadership and Management at Levels 2, 3 and 4, providing a ladder of opportunity for people to develop their skills at varying levels. This will enable people to progress into supervisory, middle management levels and through into senior leadership roles.

Ultimately, the aim of the programme is to increase the number of people that are achieving higher levels of qualifications that they currently have, in order to meet the evidenced demand in the local economy. Proposals must be structured in a way that will support the achievement of this aim.

Whilst not limited to specific sectors in the Humber, projects which focus on / target the Humber’s sector growth areas including clean energy and decarbonisation will be of particular interest.

We are looking to commission one organisation to deliver a programme of activity across the whole of the Humber. Applicants must demonstrate how they will ensure that delivery is across this geography and that participants in each local authority area of the Humber take part in the programme (Hull, East Riding, North and North East Lincolnshire).

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Humber LEP area.


Approximately £750,000 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 07 May 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

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

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 This address should not be used to request technical support.

Published 13 February 2020