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Skills, Education and Employment

We are committed to developing a well-motivated workforce with the skills that business needs. We need to ensure that the SEP target of 33,000 new jobs created by 2021 is not hampered by lack of available skills: ‘our workforce will be the lifeblood of our economy: young people will be inspired and older workers valued...’

This programme is where the investment of European funds most directly supports the implementation of our Strategic Economic Plan and where the LEP provides key evidence – labour market intelligence and economic data – to inform the interventions of skills providers. 


Skills Capital Projects

The 2018 Skills Capital Prospectus is now live, inviting applications for new Local Growth Fund skills capital projects.  There is a total £3.1m of funding available. 

The deadline for receipt of completed Expressions of Interest (EoI) is 23 November 2018.

Please note that a revised prospectus was issued on 27 September. The change was to ask applicants to outline how the facility will complement and/or address gaps in the current local provision (see point 13 on page 3).

The LEP recently offered 121 surgery sessions with interested applicants.  A questions and answers document from the surgeries (dated 12/10/18) can be accessed here. Further questions can be submitted up until Friday 2 November and we will update the Q&A document as appropriate. Please do keep checking back to the website if you are interested in applying. 

Draft Expressions of Interest can be submitted until Friday 2 November for review and feedback. 

The LEP’s Skills, Education and Employment Strategy Group will review EoIs on 11 December 2018. 

If your application passes this stage you will be invited to submit a full application.  The final date for receipt of full applications will be 15 February 2019.  Further details and support will be provided during this period, including a webinar on 13 December.