The European Social Fund is the strand of European funding that supports people into jobs and provides training, and better employment prospects, for those already in work.

Additional funds into the LEP allocation for this fund, due to exchange rate re-evaluation were added, totalling £47.5m from £45m previously.  The majority of this programme has now been allocated to opt in partners to deliver. 

The first tranche of the £18.1m allocated within the programme will be coming to an end over the next 6 months and extensions to some contracts have also been made to this tranche, to allow for extended delivery.

The LEP is now in the process of reviewing how the remainig allocation is managed.  Due to timescales, and the way in which opt in partner wish to contract with providers, eh LEP is  viewing a range of approaches.  The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) will be looking to extend their contracts, with no new open & competitive tendering process, to allocated the rest of their activity.

Calls for projects are announced on our latest news pages as well as on this page. 

Contact Andrew Brooks on or 01522 550631