CLOSED: Enabling Progression in Entry Level Jobs in South East (OC30S19P1457)

Rural Payments Agency

October 9
14:35 2019

This call is now closed. Please do not submit an application for this call. The information provided on this page is for reference purposes only.


As part of the skills strategy consultation and ongoing feedback across the LEP, it is clear that many individuals are not progressing from entry level jobs (such as those requiring no qualifications or level 1 only). It is therefore important to assist individuals to progress. This is illustrated also in the lower than average workplace earnings across the LEP and which are particularly low in certain areas.

However there are well paid employment opportunities on a large scale across the LEP area and the ESIF Strategy refresh in June 2015 identified that there are a significant number of unfilled vacancies in the SELEP area.

Through this call, the Managing Authority is seeking project(s) to deliver programmes to support individuals with no qualifications or with level one only (and equivalent) to progress. Priority sectors for delivery include construction, IT and digital, logistics, finance, education, health and care. Innovative programmes are welcomed, as are examples of best practice and a good track record of delivery within the SELEP area. Any training or qualification attainment should be relevant to assisting the individual to progress and could include elements such as confidence building, presenting or team working, as relevant to the role and individual.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the South East LEP Area.


Approximately 2,000,000 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 26 September 2019

Completion date

Projects must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed project start date, however the ESF Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances. All ESF Projects must be completed by 31st December 2023. Project costs cannot be incurred beyond this date.

Full Application Submission

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

Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.

If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ECLAIMS External Access Form by emailing

You will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.

It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.

You are also advised to read the details in the call specification in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the ESF Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.

The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.

Technical Support

If you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to

The technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.

The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact This address should not be used to request technical support.

Published 4 July 2019
Last updated 9 October 2019 +show all updates
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