CLOSED: Skills support in the workforce to drive economic growth GBSLEP OC12S16P0392

Call to run a project which is aimed at improving the basic skill levels of employed individuals within the Greater Birmingham and Solihull 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.


We wish to address the basic and low skills gap (particularly reducing no qualifications and increasing level 1 and level 2 qualifications) by providing support for and development of skills for our residents (in line with the eligibility requirements of the ESF Operational Programme) to meet local employer needs, especially in our priority sectors across the GBS LEP area.

We wish to address the no qualifications, basic and low skills gap for residents who are currently employed or under-employed or self-employed by increasing their skills levels from the existing level to the next level up / up-skill in order to enable them to progress in the workplace or self-employment.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area, which is made up of: Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth and East Staffordshire (Transition Region) and Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest (More Developed region).


Approximately £10,500,000 of funding is available.


Outline application deadline: 20 December 2016.

Completion date

The project must be completed no later than 16 June 2020.

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.

Where to send completed applications

Completed Outline Applications must be submitted to 2014-2020.ESFAPPLICATIONS@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK. Failure to send completed applications to this email address by the deadline in the call specification will be ineligible for consideration.

What happens next

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

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 25 October 2016
Last updated 21 December 2016 + show all updates
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