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Two calls for projects have gone live in the Humber, with approximately £1million from the European Social Fund (ESF) being made available to organisations in the region.

Ex-Offenders in the Humber

Approximately £500,000 of funding is available through the ESF, with this call to run a project to pilot activity which will broker opportunities to encourage and increase work experience, work placements, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for ex-offenders, particularly within SMEs.

Applications are encouraged from consortia or other similar types of partnership arrangements. In each such case the application must be submitted by a lead organisation on behalf of the partnership/consortia and the lead applicant must have the financial capacity to meet the required Due Diligence criteria.

The pilot programme should build capacity within SMEs to provide these opportunities and engage this particular disadvantaged client group to support ex-offenders back into work.

The call documents and more information can be found at:

Deadline for application is: 16/01/2019

Work Experience in the Humber

Approximately £500,000 of funding is available through the ESF, with this call to run a project to pilot a work experience programme across secondary schools/learning providers in the Humber region, through the provision of support to SME employers.

Many businesses in the Humber report too many young people lack essential job readiness skills and experience of the world of work. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (2014) reported that less than a third of employers offer work experience and just 18% offer any work inspiration activities such as mock interviews, school based talks or attendance at Careers Fairs. Without good quality interaction, many young people cannot make informed career choices, raise their aspirations or navigate post 16 learning pathways.

Due to limited capacity SMEs have reported a need for support to engage with education and training institutions. They require practical and coherent routes to

engage with these bodies and the future workforce to create work-ready young people that will add value to their business in the future.

The call documents and more information can be found at: 

Deadline for application is: 17/01/2019

Humber ESIF Committee Chair Isobel Mills said:

“The Humber has additional resources to enable us to support the continued delivery of the Humber’s ESIF Strategy. This is allowing us to invest in a range of areas including supporting Small and Medium sized businesses, and helping ex-offenders in the Humber transition successfully into our workforce by developing new and existing skills through training programmes.

“We look forward to receiving some high quality applications which will make a real impact in the Humber.”

The LEP and the Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) will be running an information workshop for both calls in late November. More information on this will follow.