The European Social Fund (ESF) with priorities of employment, skills and social inclusion.

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR FREE EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND (ESF) INFORMATION EVENTS ON 12 AND 18 SEPTEMBER

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently launched ESF funding opportunities with a total value of £10 million for the Heart of the South West (HotSW). In support of these ESF calls for project proposals, the HotSW LEP is holding two free ‘ESF Info Events’ in September. The events aim to help prospective applicants get to grips with the live funding opportunities and what is needed for a successful ESF application.

Events will particularly focus on the following live ESF calls for project proposals in the Heart of the South West:

  • Young Opportunities (OC16S18P1151) – A £1.98 million (£0.98 million for the ‘More Developed’ area of Somerset and £1 million for the ‘Transition’ area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay) ESF call for projects to support young people to access good quality careers and employment thereby avoiding Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) status in Heart of the South West LEP area.
  • Skills in Employment (OC16S18P1152) – A £7 million (c. £2.33 million for the ‘More Developed’ area of Somerset and c. £4.67 million for the ‘transition’ area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay) ESF call for projects offering employed individuals the opportunity to progress their skills, with a particular focus on intermediate / technical and higher-level skills (e.g. NVQ Level 3 and 4), as well as high demand skills at lower levels which enable growth (e.g. NVQ Level 2 qualifications within transformational / opportunity sectors).
  • Shaping Future Skills Provision (OC16S18P1153) – A £1.15 million (£0.15 million for the ‘More Developed’ area of Somerset and £1 million for the ‘Transition’ area of Devon, Plymouth and Torbay) ESF call for projects to enhance the labour market relevance of skills provision in Heart of the South West LEP area

Who are the events for?

The Heart of the South West ESF Info Events are aimed at organisations from across the public, private and voluntary sectors with the potential to bring forward applications to the live ESF calls for project proposals.

Please note that, to be eligible for ESF, applicants must be a legally constituted body.

What will be covered?

Events will include:

– An overview of ESF in the Heart of the South West;

– Details of the live ESF funding opportunities;

– Information on ESF application processes & requirements; &

– Opportunities to network and to identify potential partners.

Event details and how to register

The Heart of the South West ESF Info Events are free to attend and will take place:

Please click on the relevant link above for further details and to register your place. Places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and registrations will close at 5pm on Friday 7th and Friday 13 September respectively or when full – whichever is the sooner.  The Heart of the South West ESF Info Events are part-funded by ESF and form part of the Heat of the South West Technical Assistance Project and the Heart of the South West LEP Conversations.

For any queries in relation to these events, please contact HotSWESIF@somerset.gov.uk

 

European Social Fund (ESF)

The European Social Fund (ESF) is managed and administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) with key priorities of employment and skills. Below is information relating to the ESF Funding Allocation for the Heart of the South West; details of ESF funding opportunities for projects; Events for potential applicants; and details of Funded ESF projects in the Heart of the South West.

ESF Funding Allocation for the Heart of the South West

Fund Area* Notional Allocation
Total £39,668,300
ERDF Transition Area (Plymouth, Torbay and Devon) £26,947,747
ERDF More Developed Area (Somerset) £12,720,553

 

 

ESF Funding Opportunities

ESF funding opportunities in the Heart of the South West include:

  • Open calls run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), as the ESF Managing Authority. For open calls, there is a two-stage application process comprising submission of an outline application followed, subject to acceptance of the initial proposal, by submission of a full application; and
  • Calls / procurements through the Big Lottery (BIG) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as ESF ‘opt-in’ providers. Opt-ins are contracted by DWP, as the ESF Managing Authority, to deliver, via their own procured contractors, a programme of ESF activity in line with LEP area needs and priorities.

 

 

Legally-constituted organisations can apply for ESF monies. A partnership can apply for ESF as long as there is a named lead applicant organisation.

The table below provides details of open ESF calls for proposals in the Heart of the South West. Further information on funding opportunities and how to apply is provided in the relevant call specifications (see links below).

Heart of the South West (All Areas)

Call Name and Reference and link to call specification Description ESF Call Value Deadline for outline applications Match-funding requirements Call Status / Latest
Total More Developed Area (Somerset) Transition Area (Devon, Plymouth and Torbay) More Developed Area Transition
Young Opportunities in Heart of the South West LEP area (OC16S18P1151)

 

Call for projects to support young people to access good quality careers and employment avoiding Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) status in Heart of the South West LEP area. £1,980,000 £980,000 £1,000,000 8th November 2018 Min 50% Min 40% Open
Skills in Employment in Heart of the South West LEP area (OC16S18P1152)

 

A call for projects offering employed individuals the opportunity to progress their skills, with a particular focus on intermediate / technical and higher-level skills (e.g. NVQ Level 3 and 4), as well as high demand skills at lower levels which enable growth (e.g. NVQ Level 2 qualifications within transformational / opportunity sectors) £7,000,000 £2,333,333

 

£4,666,667 8th November 2018 Min 50% Min 40% Open
Shaping Future Skills Provision in Heart of the South West LEP area (OC16S18P1153)

 

Call for projects to enhance the labour market relevance of skills provision in Heart of the South West LEP area  £1,150,000 £150,000 £1,000,000 8th November 2018 Min 50% Min 40% Open

 

Need more information?

For any queries relating to ESF in the Heart of the South West, please contact HotSWESIF@somerset.gov.uk

Attend an ESF info event, for more information about the programme and how to apply.  These events are scheduled to align with the launch of ESF funding opportunities. Events are free to attend, thanks to funding from the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment funds Growth Programme for England for the Heart of the South West Technical Assistance Project, and places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please e-mail HotSWESIF@somerset.gov.uk to be notified of future events.

 

Looking for Partners?

 

The Heart of the South West Partnership Database allows you to register your organisation’s interest in ESIF and to search for potential partners

 

 

 

ESF Funded projects in the Heart of the South West

A total of £20.7 million ESF has been formally contracted in the Heart of the South West as summarised below.

 

Activity Total ESF Committed More Developed Split Transition Split Description Link to further information (where available)
Hidden Talent in Devon and Somerset

 

£2.1 m £0.8m £1.3m The project brings together educational partners across the Heart of the South West to deliver outreach, engagement and skills development activities to promote and encourage participation in higher level skills, regardless of ability or education level

 

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/esif-funded-projects/hidden-talent

 

Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon and Somerset

 

£1.1m £0.5m £0.6m Strategic Employer Engagement (SEE) in Devon and Somerset is a partnership project which seeks to work with SMEs across the region to strengthen higher level vocational education and training, through increasing the number of employees undertaking training that directly relates to their work needs

 

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/strategic-employer-engagement

 

Big Lottery Opt-In Activity £7.8m £2.4m £5.4m The #Focus5 project provides in-depth support to young people aged 15-18 across the Heart of the South West area to move towards education, employment and training

 

https://www.cswfocus5.co.uk/

 

‘Empowering Enterprise’ provides support for 18 to 24-year-olds in Devon Plymouth and Torbay who are not in education, employment or training

 

https://www.petroc.ac.uk/college-information/projects/empowering-enterprise

 

‘Positive People Devon’ provides support for individuals who are out of work and aged 25+ in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay to build their skills, confidence and

motivation

 

https://www.positive-people.org.uk/

 

‘Positive People Somerset’ provides support for individuals who are out of work and aged 18+ in Somerset to build their skills, confidence and

motivation

 

 

 

Education & Skills Funding Agency Opt-In Activity £9.7m £3.6m £6.1m Support for young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

 

Start-up support to enable unemployed entrepreneurs across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay to develop their own businesses ideas. https://services.pinpointdevon.co.uk/kb5/devon/services/service.page?id=ioNZ75dkvaY&communitychannel=8_1

 

The Heart of the South West Apprenticeship Service provides support, across the Heart of the South West, for people in employment to undertake an Apprenticeship

 

https://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/business-support-programmes/serco-heart-of-the-south-west-apprenticeship-service/

 

Skills Support for the Workforce provides fully-funded, accredited training for SMEs to boost the confidence and efficiency of their staff through new skills and qualifications

 

https://www.heartofswgrowthhub.co.uk/business-support-programmes/skills-support-for-the-workforce/

 

Total £20.7m £7.3m £13.4m