Ex-offender Pilot Programme Leeds City Region (OC20S19P1652)

Rural Payments Agency

November 7
11:04 2019


Through this Call, the ESF Managing Authority is seeking a pilot programme ofactivity which will broker opportunities with SME and Micro Businesses to encourage and increase work experience, work placements, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for ex- offenders.

The pilot programme should build capacity within SMEs to provide theseopportunities and engage this particular disadvantaged client group to support ex- offenders back into work.

Successful applicants should:

  • Demonstrate a strong track record of working with the target group(s), understanding their needs.
  • Demonstrate strong knowledge of the Leeds City Region labour market and the (current and future) needs of local business.
  • Collaborate with other providers already working with the target group specifically - HMPPS ESF provider APM to add value and not duplicate existing provision.
  • Work in conjunction with other LEP and ESIF ESF programmes and activity to reduce the number of repeat approaches to employers.
  • Ensure the programme maximises mainstream provision and provides by working in partnership with other new and/or existing providers.
  • Demonstrate excellent partnerships and referral mechanisms with other skills, training and specialist providers.

All activities must complement and avoid duplication with other provision, thereby adding value. Successful candidates will be required to ensure that ESF provision will clearly add value and not duplicate any provision that can be arranged locally through existing mainstream institutions.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Leeds City region LEP area.


Approximately 1.5m of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 30 January 2020

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.

Please note: the ECLAIMS IT System can only be access from within the UK.

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 7 November 2019

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