CLOSED: Skills for Growth project call in Enterprise M3 LEP Area (OC10S19P1490)

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October 23
13:09 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.


This call is seeking projects to improve the labour market relevance of skills provision, through offering bespoke and coordinated brokerage and hub services. Proposals are sought for projects which will identify, support, enhance and develop the skills provision within SMEs and micro business.

Projects should focus on supporting SMEs across a range of industry sectors but should pay particular attention to the challenges identified in the EM3 Strategic Economic Plan. Proposals should demonstrate alignment with local priorities including SMEs operating in priority sectors including- aerospace and defence, creative and digital, life sciences and animal health, 5G technology applications, and low carbon.

There are two strands within this call- an apprenticeship skills hub and a generic skills hub. Applicants may apply for one or both of these strands.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Enterprise M3 LEP area.


Approximately 1,526,729 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 22 October 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 30 July 2019
Last updated 23 October 2019 +show all updates
  1. Call closed.
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