ESF open call announced: Leadership & management skills in SMEs

Ensuring the workforce has the right leadership skills to support current and future growth of SMEs across D2N2 is a key priority, particularly where it considerably improves the productivity of local businesses and generates more inclusive employment practices. The activity will support key staff and leaders to effectively plan the skills, recruitment and retention needs of their business, improve the productivity of their workforce and ensure their future workforce needs can be met in times of low unemployment, including through adopting more inclusive recruitment practices.

The call will concentrate on leadership and management training, business productivity, skills needs and succession planning. Every business is different, and training needs to be flexible to respond to these differing circumstances. We wish to ensure that support through this call is also tailored and relevant to support women-owned and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) owned businesses through this call and female and BAME employees.

We are keen to look at innovative and sustainable models of delivery. Activity should link with the D2N2 Growth Hub and should where possible support scale-up businesses.

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

Want to find out more about the call and the local context, network with other organisations interested in this call and get support with your application?  Information workshops have been set up in December to support organisations interested in applying for this call - book your place.

Closing date for applications is February 2nd 2020.

Article uploaded 12/11/19

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