The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has received £3.25m in additional funding to provide new services across the employment and skills sector in the Humber.
The LEP successfully bid for the funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) National Reserve Fund – and will now put out calls for projects which organisations will be able to bid into to deliver programmes aligned to our employment and skills strategy aims in the Humber.
The calls will cover projects including support in the workforce for those aged 50 plus, mental health support for employers, improved digital skills and leadership training.
One call is now live – with £750,000 of ESF funding available for an organisation to run a project to provide Leadership and Management training for businesses across the Humber.
The focus of delivery must be on supporting participants to complete qualifications/part-qualifications in Leadership and Management at Levels 2, 3 and 4, providing a ladder of opportunity for people to develop their skills at varying levels. This will enable people to progress into supervisory, middle management levels and through into senior leadership roles.
Ultimately, the aim of the programme is to increase the number of people that are achieving higher levels of qualifications than they currently have, in order to meet the evidenced demand in the Humber economy. Proposals must be structured in a way that will support the achievement of this aim.
More details about this programme here.
Meanwhile, the remaining calls will soon go live via the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) National Reserve Fund.
The LEP is organising a workshop for interested parties to find out more about European funding. Taking place at the Aura Innovation Centre at the Bridgehead Business Park in Hessle on Wednesday, February 26. The workshop will commence with an introduction to the ESIF National Reserve Funds, providing an overview of the current position of both ERDF and ESF, before focussing on the ERDF National Reserve Fund for the remainder of the session.
The ERDF calls will focus on Innovation, SME Competitiveness, Low Carbon and Preserving and Protecting the Environment.
A comprehensive overview of the indicative Call themes under ERDF will be provided, to be followed by a Call-specific partnership brokerage breakout session. Since the Calls will be released nationwide it is expected that competition for funding will be high, therefore, the aim of the brokerage session is to identify potential local collaboration opportunities in order to maximise opportunities for the Humber.
Humber LEP and Technical Assistance Partnership staff will be on hand to answer any questions and to provide a summary of the application process.
Registration is from 9.30am for a 9:45am start, with refreshments available on arrival. The event will finish at approximately 12.00pm.
This event is aimed at potential applicants in the Humber LEP area.
This event is part of a suite of workshops run by the Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP), promoting the ERDF programme and supporting potential applicants to apply for ERDF funding across the Humber, York and North Yorkshire areas. Please visit www.tap.org.uk and the YouTube channel (TAP HumberYNYER) for more information.
[Charis Scott-Holm – Humber LEP]