Skills for Sustainable Employment – Lancashire (OC19S19P1714)

Call to run a project to train people in skills that support sustainable employment in the Lancashire LEP area.


The objectives outlined in the call specification will result in projects which support sustainable employment, uplifts in skills, progression to Apprenticeships and the upskilling and promotion of female supervisors and managers through effective succession planning.

This call is intended to address a number of these priorities:

  • Targeting disadvantaged communities of Lancashire to address disparities in productivity and levels of skills and average weekly wages. This includes creating sustainable employment for individuals affected by medium to long term health conditions, reducing employment churn and enhancing productivity.
  • Engaging Lancashire residents in skills provision with a view to progression to higher levels of qualification and Apprenticeships.
  • Succession planning for leaders and managers, and the securing of qualifications to progress residents to higher level jobs.

It is anticipated that activity will be targeted at SMEs in Lancashire’s priority sectors – to contribute to the pipeline of skills required within the local labour market:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Energy and Environment
  • Finance and Professional Services
  • Visitor Economy
  • Creative and Digital
  • Health and Social Care
  • Construction

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Lancashire LEP area.


Approximately £10m of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 09 March 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 16 December 2019