Fuller Working Lives CLOSED


This call seeks to support employees tackle their health and wellbeing issues and seeks to encourage the older workforce to stay in employment for a fuller working life. Types of activity that can be supported include, but are not limited to:

  • Addressing wider participation issues by increasing the number of employed people with multiple barriers gaining higher level skills in subjects which will help them to progress in employment and increase their earnings.
  • Supporting residents in work who may have barriers preventing them from raising their skills levels, including, those who consider themselves to have a disability, those with learning disabilities, those from ethnic minorities and those who are in a single adult household with dependent children. Assessment will be made of the skills and abilities that are needed to enable them to compete for higher level jobs. Up-skilling can be achieved through professional and technical education, including degree apprenticeships and/or the academic pathways.
  • Integration of health support with employment and skills activity to deliver enhanced health, wellbeing and economic outcomes;
  • Improved leadership and management within SMEs in relation to workforce wellbeing
  • Targeting LEP priority sectors and high employment sectors with the 50+ labour market;
  • Addressing the basic skills needs of employed 50+ people, particularly in SMEs and Micro businesses;
  • Supporting businesses workforce planning, including conducting age audits (use of the ACAS age audit tool) with a specific focus on skills/digital/training needs analysis, and designing workplace solutions to support the older workforce;
  • Promoting intergenerational working, activities could include mentoring, promoting diversity, sharing ideas, and supporting learning of new technology;
  • Working with individuals to plan and develop mid-life career reviews including provision of quality information, advice and guidance, to support and encourage progression in employment;
  • Increasing the skills levels of employed 50+ people from the existing level to the next level up, to encourage progression in employment;
  • Increasing the number of people with technical and job specific skills, particularly at level 3 and above and into higher and advanced level apprenticeships, to support business growth, supporting SMEs to access the apprenticeship programme to utilise the apprenticeship levy in addressing the upskilling or retraining of older workers;
  • Increasing the skills levels of employed 50+ women to encourage progression in employment help address the gender employment and wage gap.

Applicants are encouraged to design added value, collaborative projects that do not duplicate existing provision.

For more information and to download the call specification, visit the website.

Information workshops took place in November to support organisations interested in applying for this call - view the post event page for the workshop presentation.

Closing date for applications is December 10th 2019.

Investment Priority

ESF Investment Priority 2.1: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning

ESF investment

Approximately £1,000,000 of ESF is available.



Link to call documentation

For more information and to download the call specification, visit the website.

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.

Call-specific strategic documents

ESF Operational Programme 2014-2020

D2N2 ESIF Strategy

D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan 2019-2030

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