CLOSED: Training, support and guidance to increase productivity and economic growth in Coast to Capital LEP area (OC04S18P1116)

Call to run a project to support increased skills levels of employed participants, delivering activity which directly contributes to the objectives of Priority Axis 2 Investment Priority 2.1.

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.


Successful applicants will support increased skills levels of employed participants by offering:

  • Provision of additional activities to publicly funded provision, including that funded by loans and grants.
  • Support for skills shortages or needs in priority sectors and local areas which are not currently being addressed by employers or individuals – completion of a training needs analysis and/or business needs analysis.
  • Provision of training and interventions for the existing workforce at all levels (including basic skills through to higher level skills – bear in mind the credit level restrictions for training at L3 and higher).
  • Equal access to learning for all people.
  • Brokerage of opportunities between learners and employers.
  • Support for progression in work e.g. support for intermediate, technical and advanced vocational provision for career progression.
  • Provision of mid-career reviews.
  • Support for young people in employment and apprenticeships.
  • Funding development costs and contributing to delivery costs of vocational short courses designed to help low skilled employees to progress to higher value employment therefore tackling disadvantage, e.g. funding outreach activity, including taster courses to disadvantaged individuals to help improve take up and retention.
  • Support the existing workforce to encourage progression and generate opportunity.
  • Support for intermediate, technical and advanced skills for specific industries and sectors identified as driving growth in local economies in support of other relevant thematic objectives.

Applicants are encouraged to design collaborative projects clearly focused upon individual beneficiary and local labour market need, the specific objectives of the relevant part of the ESF programme, and the required project outputs and results.

ESF Direct Bidding allows for innovative interventions based upon detailed knowledge and understanding of local circumstances. There is flexibility to adapt and build upon local approaches and involve a range of relevant agencies.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Coast to Capital LEP Area.


Approximately £8,000,000 of funding is available.


Outline application deadline: 23 August 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 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

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 31 May 2018
Last updated 3 September 2018 + show all updates
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