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Organisations are invited to apply for funding from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) by responding to a Call for projects that will deliver Skills for Growth across the Humber through a Graduate Internship programme.

Applicants can benefit from funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to deliver a project which supports Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to provide additional Higher and Further Education student and graduate placements, internships and graduate level employment opportunities.

The detailed call document is available

The deadline for applications is 06 December 2017.

A total of £900,000 of funding is available under this call with a minimum threshold of £50,000 ESF.

Humber ESIF Committee Chair Isobel Mills said:

“This is an excellent opportunity for an organisation make a real impact in the Humber by supporting SMEs to realise the benefit from employing graduates.

Work is being done to increase the skills levels of the existing workforce, however, the potential offered by students and graduates from local HE and FE institutions needs to be maximised by SMEs locally

The successful programme will help stem the flow of young, talented and educated individuals leaving the Humber LEP Area to seek job opportunities elsewhere by creating opportunities for SMEs to develop and explore their potential for student and graduate employment opportunities.

We look forward to seeing projects come forward that will add value to the significant achievements already made in delivering our ambitious skills agenda locally.”

The Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) will be holding an ESF Calls Launch Event to provide potential project partners with an overview of the call specifications launched by both Humber and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEPs and the application process. For further information about this event and to book a place, please use the below link:

Wednesday 25 October, 10 am, Beverley Racecourse

Support is available for organisations interested in responding to the call through the Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP). They can be contacted at or 01482 391683.  Applicants are encouraged to register with TAP to be notified of forthcoming events and support available.