Skills for Growth in Leeds City Region (OC20S18P1227)

Call to run a project to deliver a range of activities to support the following 4 key priority groups:- Leadership and Management for Women; Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) individuals in employment and/or BME Graduates; Individuals aged over 50 and in employment; Employed Migrants


Projects are sought to:-

  • support female participants within SMEs to develop Leadership and Management Skills. This is to support business growth, facilitate progression into management positions and support business continuity where there are skills shortages.
  • support employed BME participants and/or BME graduates to address ethnic minority disadvantage in the Leeds City Region labour market;
  • tackle the deep seated barriers to stay or regain work as required, for individuals aged over 50 and already in employment, especially those at risk of automation or have recently become unemployed;
  • support for migrants who are employed and who are looking for career progression or support to improve their skills or employment situation or need help to maximise their existing skills.

Projects should make best use of available resources; reduce duplication by integrating national and local employment and other support services; and enable people to access sustainable work and progress.

All proposals are expected to deliver skills provision as part of the offer which offers both accredited and non-accredited skills training which is innovative, responsive to local skills needs. Project activities must support the delivery of Priority Axis 2, Investment Priority 2.1 Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning of the European Social Fund Operational Programme

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Leeds City Region LEP Area.


Approximately £10,000,000 of funding is available.


Full application deadline: 12 February 2019

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 Full 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 Full Applications must be submitted to

Failure to send completed applications to this email address by the deadline in the call specification will be ineligible for consideration.

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 20 November 2018