This call seeks applications which will attract new skilled staff to Dorset’s priority sectors and upskill existing staff to increase productivity.
The call is seeking activity which maximises use of existing opportunities in relevant STEM and other professional areas, including through apprenticeships and other structured training routes. Ideally, these would provide opportunities to both maximise local / employer led resources (including the Apprenticeship Levy) and expertise to upskill the sector. Such pathways would also focus on activity from Level 2 or 3 to higher skills progression for the harder to reach / lower skilled within the workforce.
Proposals are particularly welcome with the following characteristics:
- Use of the Apprenticeship Levy.
- Significant employer involvement in skills progression and training.
- Consideration of rural and coastal challenges.
- Engagement with workers sometimes reluctant to upskill, including women returning to the labour market and workers aged 50+
- Promotion of access to, and participation in further and higher education, especially to people claiming work-related benefits.
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The project must cover the Dorset LEP area.
Approximately £1,848,072 of ESF is available.
Full application deadline: 20 February 2020
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 E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk
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.
If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk
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.
If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This address should not be used to request technical support.