Supporting Employers – Cheshire and Warrington (OC03S19P1699)

Call to run a project to deliver a range of careers development activity and increase appropriate skills provision by supporting SME’s across the Cheshire and Warrington LEP area.


The following sectors are highlighted as key to the Cheshire and Warrington economy:

  • energy and clean growth
  • life sciences
  • manufacturing, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, automotive, and food and drink
  • logistics

The activities being sought under this call include:

Promoting Career Opportunities in Key Sectors

This project will put SME employers in priority sectors at the heart of inspiring and informing young people and individuals seeking work or wanting to progress about future opportunities available.

Articulating the Skills Needs of SMEs and Helping to Ensure that Local Skills Delivery Meets those Needs

This project will support expert facilitators for each priority sector who will work closely with SMEs and micro businesses to understand and articulate their current and future skills needs.

Strengthening Digital Skills

This project will support a digital co-ordinator to work across Cheshire and Warrington SMEs to engage more businesses about the importance of digital and STEM-related skills.

Applications are encouraged from consortia or other similar types of partnership arrangements. In each such case the application must be completed and submitted in the ECLAIMS IT system by the lead organisation on behalf of the partnership/consortia. The lead applicant must have the financial capacity to meet the required Due Diligence criteria and, if ESF funding is awarded, this organisation will then become the lead Grant Recipient, accountable for delivery of the overall ESF Project.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Cheshire and Warrington LEP area.


Approximately £500,000 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 20 February 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 28 November 2019