Worcestershire LEP -Integration of Young People (OC38S19P1695)

Call to run a project to allow the Integration of Young People using Worcestershire Post 16 Choices and Apprenticeship Hub and Clearing House Expansion.


The Employment and Skills Board have identified a number of priorities to increase apprenticeship activity across the County. They support the ESIF priorities related to skills for growth and social and economic inclusion and include:

  • targeting assistance to promote and engage young people (under 24yr olds) in discussions regarding post 16 choices with a focus on career pathways to include apprenticeships, FE college and sixth form options as well as other relevant provision
  • expansion of the apprenticeship clearing house to include post 16 choices supporting educational establishments to meet benchmark 7, through the provision of:
    • high quality information, advice and guidance for schools, businesses, and young people (and their parents)
    • work experience support (for example work experience, training to improve employability skills)
    • effective engagement of businesses and individuals *effective brokerage and matching of young people to employers
  • increasing the number of apprenticeship starts within the growth sectors (advanced manufacturing/engineering, agritech, cyber security/IT) and Construction and Leisure and Tourism.
  • increasing the number of available work placements through education available to 16-24 year olds in Worcestershire.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Worcestershire LEP area.


Approximately £ 1,500,000 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.

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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 E.CLAIMSSUPPORT@dwp.gov.uk

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 esf.2014-2020@dwp.gov.uk. This address should not be used to request technical support.

Published 16 December 2019