CLOSED: Skills for Growth - IP 2.2 Skills and Employment Campaign - Leeds City Region (OC20S19P1288)

Call to run a project to undertake a range of activities to help make the training and education provision more responsive to the needs of the local economy, so that employers skills needs are more effectively met in Leeds City Region.

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.


The programme will support SMEs to increase their skills and productivity levels through the employment of graduates, driving business growth and development as well as enhancing graduate retention.

The proposed activities, although not exhaustive, aim to support SME businesses, across a range of sectors, in particular LEP Area priority sectors, to provide additional placements, internships and graduate level employment opportunities in particularly those for HE/FE students and graduates as well as better understand the skills and employment landscape and the opportunities available to both businesses, their existing and future workforce.

The LEP’s Priority Sectors are:

  • Digital and creative industries
  • Low carbon and environmental industries
  • Health and life sciences
  • Innovative manufacturing
  • Financial and professional services
  • Food and drink

Proposals should demonstrate how they will identify potential SMEs and outline the package of support that will be offered. Internships must be a minimum of 12 weeks’ duration. All graduate interns must be paid at the National Minimum Wage as a minimum.

We are seeking one programme which must deliver across the whole of the Leeds City Region.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Leeds City Region LEP Area.


Approximately £1,465,022 of funding is available.


Full application deadline: 13 May 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 18 February 2019
Last updated 14 May 2019 + show all updates
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