CLOSED: Supporting Employers to Promote Career Opportunities in Cheshire and Warrington LEP OC03S18P1119

Call to run a project providing support to employers working with schools and organisations that work with young people in the Cheshire and Warrington 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.


This call for proposals aims to provide support to employers that work with schools and organisations working with young people outside school to provide the inspiration and information about job opportunities, new technologies, business developments and local skills shortages to young people, their teachers, parents and other professionals that work with young people (including training and careers guidance professionals. Projects must deliver activity which directly contributes to the objectives of Priority Axis 2.2 of the ESF Operational Programme).

Successful applicants should:

  • Involve employers in activities that show-case career pathways and progression opportunities, for example through careers events and fairs.

  • Inspire activities delivered by employers, including tasters, work experience, mentoring, meet the employer sessions, for young people, their parents, youth professionals, teachers and training and career guidance professionals, focusing on priority sectors and highlighting new technologies.

  • Involve employers in the co-delivery of essential work skills (i.e. communication, creativity, innovation and enterprise, critical thinking, team work, problem solving, resilience and character) of young people in both schools and colleges, focusing on priority sectors.

  • Support SMEs to offer skills development outside the ‘normal’ environment for young people in school years 11 to 13 in transition from school to T-levels and Apprenticeships. Specifically, by offering team building, residential experience, independent living and community social action, the project will demonstrate the embedding of transferable skills whilst improving young people’s confidence and self-esteem.

  • Develop a network of employer-based Enterprise Advisers to act as the link between local employers, schools, colleges and other education and training providers, and to add value to, but not duplicate, Careers and Enterprise Company activity.

  • Support employers to develop and offer work experience, apprenticeship and job opportunities, particularly recognising the forthcoming need for T-level students to do 3 months’ work experience.

  • Encourage employers to work with schools, colleges, youth professionals and other education and skills providers to support the design and delivery of the curriculum.

  • Coordinate activities and simplifying the offers by encouraging collaboration between different organisations and ensuring information about activities, offers and associated resources are easily accessible.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Area.


Approximately £1,165,000 of funding is available.


Full application deadline: 04 September 2018

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 12 June 2018
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