Access to Employment for Jobseekers and Inactive People - ESF open call announced

This call for proposals aims to support unemployed and inactive participants into employment and self-employment. Projects must deliver activity which directly contributes to the objectives of Priority Axis 1.1.

Successful applicants will do so by providing tailored support to individuals.

It is envisaged that providers of the employment service will provide tailored individual support in the following ways:

  • Support individuals by providing them with informed Careers Information Advice and Guidance, which does not duplicate existing funded services such as NCS.
  • Provide mentoring and wrap around services appropriate to individual need to help participants realise their careers and skills aspirations.
  • Support out of work individuals to access the universal credit system with the aim of becoming more employable, particularly by developing their digital skills. The digital skills support must bring added value and not duplicate provision provided by either DWP or the Local Authorities.
  • Develop training pathways to increase the number of graduates employed in graduate level jobs.
  • Support individuals in rural areas to address access to work issues.
  • Provide ongoing in-work mentoring to support sustained employment.
  • Provide skills training to increase individual prospects of employability including:
    • self-employment as an alternate option to employment
    • supported work experience
    • Maths, English and communications skills
    • Basic skills and English for speakers of other languages, and functional English to support migrants

Links to other Employer Support Services - the D2N2 Growth Hub
The employment service will work closely with employers and employer facing services particularly the D2N2 Growth Hub to prevent duplication and offer an integrated service to employers.

The employment programme will therefore provide a range of added value services that support employers in a variety of ways including:

  • Address recruitment challenges by developing a supply of work ready candidates able to enter the labour market at appropriate levels.
  • Promote Apprenticeships and Traineeships as solutions to skills and recruitment challenges
  • Create jobs for disabled individuals and put in place tailored support to ensure sustainability in employment
  • Provide advice to develop flexible HR and employment practices to provide solutions to recruitment issues

The employment service will also provide support to increase the number, quality and sustainability of business start-ups, working closely with the D2N2 Growth Hub and other publicly funded projects.

For more information, download the call specification.

Closing date is December 28th 2018.

Workshops to support applicants interested in applying for ESF funding will take place in Nottingham and Derby in November.

Nottingham:  Thursday 22nd November 2018; 9.30am to 12.30pm
Venue – Nottingham CVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

To book your place at the Nottingham workshop, please follow this link:


Derby: Wednesday 28th November 2018; 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Venue – YMCA Derbyshire, 770 London Rd, Derby DE24 8UT

To book your place at the Derby workshop, please follow this link:

Article uploaded 19/10/18; amended 26/10/18

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