Youth Employment Initiative - OC50S21P1801

Rural Payments Agency

January 27
16:08 2021


This Call is only for the following NUTS 2 More Developed and Transition Category of Regions who attract YEI Funding and have secured funding from the Reserve Fund to support their Economic Recovery Plans, namely:

More Developed

Coventry & Warwickshire,

Greater Birmingham & Solihull,

Liverpool City Region


Liverpool City Region

North East (Durham)

Actions in this investment priority help to re-engage marginalised young people NEET, including through innovative approaches, customised training and support and volunteering activities. Activities may be focused on specific target groups such as: young lone parents; looked after children and care leavers; carers; ex-offenders; those involved in gangs; and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

YEI will support traineeships if it is not displacing already planned (and funded) provision and it adheres to the Traineeship Framework for Delivery. For apprenticeships, any activity must comply with the apprenticeship legislation.

This investment priority supports additional provision that complements existing government programmes to tackle youth unemployment and reduce the number of young people who are NEET.

For more information, download the Call Specification.

Details of each of the local LEP area Economic Recovery Plans can be found below:


The project must cover the Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Liverpool City Region and North East (Durham) LEP area.


Approximately 25.5m of ESF and YEI is available.


Full application deadline: 22 March 2021

Completion date

Projects must be financially completed (i.e. have a proposed Financial Completion Date) no later than 31st December 2023; however, the Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances.

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

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 25 January 2021
Last updated 27 January 2021 +show all updates
  1. Outcome values for YEI O8- under 25 and YEI O3- 25-29 in the Transitional Area have been amended.

  2. First published.

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