£6 million European Social Fund (ESF) has been launched by the Department of Work and Pensions in two Calls published in October 2019 and a further Call published on 5 November 2019.

£2 million ESF for Digital Transformation and Upskilling

 

This is a joint Direct Call for:

 

  • Investment Priority 2.1: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning; and
  • Investment Priority 2.2: Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems.

 

Through this ESF Call we aim to fund projects that will support SMEs to identify digital training needs, and provide training for employees to develop their digital skills.

 

£2 million ESF for Skills for the Mature Workforce

 

This is a Direct Call for Investment Priority 2.1: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning.

 

Through this ESF Call we aim to fund projects that support the careers of older workers in Coast to Capital, this could be through a variety of activities and provision.

 

£2 million ESF for Skills for the Future of Your Workforce

 

This is a Direct Call for Investment Priority 2.1: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning.

 

Through this ESF Call we aim to fund projects that will provide support to prepare individuals in the workforce for the future of work in Coast to Capital.  

 

An event to officially launch the Calls published in October took place at Crawley College.  An event to launch the Call published in November will take place on Thursday 14 November. More information can be found on coast2capital.org.uk/european-social-fund/  

 

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

 

“We are delighted that £6 million ESF has been launched for our area. We hope that it will attract high quality project applications for innovative projects to support the future workforce”

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