CLOSED: Learning and Skills: Developing Higher Level Skills project call in Heart of the South West LEP area. (OC16S16P0345)

Call to run a project providing Priority Axis 2: Skills for Growth, Investment Priority 2.1: Enhancing Equal Access to Lifelong Learning in Heart of the South West LEP 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.


Whilst significant progress has been made in the past decade increasing the attainment levels at NVQ level 4+ for those aged 16-64 and employed across the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area, it is still below the national average and there is room for improvement.

Given the evidence and the skills shortages reported by local businesses, there is a clear need to address these issues. ESF will be used to develop and deliver a range of activities to support those least likely to enter higher education. There is also an expectation that the successful provider will align the opportunities offered in this call, to the skills needs identified by businesses.

The focus of this activity will be to provide tailored support to participants that both raise their aspirations and awareness of opportunities, whilst delivering activities that will prepare learners in order to enhance progression and achievement rates.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the entire Heart of the South West LEP area.


Approximately £2,800,000 of funding is available.


Outline application deadline: 20 June 2016.

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.

What happens next

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

Contact details


Published 25 April 2016
Last updated 21 June 2016 + show all updates
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