Approximately £9 million of European Social Funding (ESF) is available to run a project to support young people to improve the transition from education to work and within the labour market in the North East Region LEP area.

ESF investment through this call is focussed on providing support to increase employment for young people aged 16-24 who are unemployed and claim out-of-work benefits, claiming other benefits that would classify them as economically inactive or who are workless and not claiming any benefit. Additionally, projects can also target some specific cohorts of 15-year olds such as those ‘at risk of NEET’ and those ‘in care’.

Projects should:

  • Improve the transitions of young people from education to work and within the labour market.
  • Support young people to make good choices and provide them with the additional support they need to overcome acute labour market disadvantage.
  • Sector specific and tailored personal development programmes for young people addressing preparedness for work.
  • Support for those in low pay or with a history of insecure employment to progress into higher paid more secure employment.

Projects responding to this call should deliver activities in either or in both of the categories of region areas of More Developed and Transition LEP areas. For the Transition Area, the Managing Authority is seeking and will give preference to applications with an ESF value of over £1.5 million. For the More Developed Area, the Managing Authority is seeking and will give preference to applications with an ESF value of over £750,000.

The deadline for full applications is 5 September 2019

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Funding information source: www.grantfinder.co.uk