Learning and Skills Task Force invites
new ESF bids
Objective One's Learning and Skills Task Force is
launching a new call for bids to the European Social Fund
The task force has identified a number of key areas where
it wants to see further work during the second half of the
Objective One Programme and is asking for suitable projects
to be put forward.
Dr Andrew Green, the task force co-ordinator, said: "The
programme is now halfway through and much has already been
achieved. Now, building on the success of the general delivery,
we want to focus on a number of specific needs and home in
on them with targeted projects."
Dr Green said interested organisations have two opportunities
to apply for ESF investment for projects falling into the
areas that have been identified by the Learning and Skills
Task Force. The first deadline for proposals is 8th August
(expressions of interest to be submitted by 16th July); the
second deadline is 8th September (expressions of interest
by 6th August).
The areas for which bids are being invited are:
||Social economy: projects that recognise the contribution
to the economy of not-for-profit community organisations and
that can provide such organisations with training in business,
management and other higher-level skills
||Graduate placement: projects that encourage and subsidise
the employment of graduates by small and medium sized enterprises
(SMEs) in order to help the businesses develop and deliver
||Increasing participation of women: projects that address
the 'glass ceiling' by providing women with the
skills necessary to achieve higher-level employment positions
and projects providing specific research on employment barriers
currently faced by women
Dr Green said: "We specifically want to encourage projects
that reflect a real demand and would be particularly interested
in seeing bids from partnerships that represent both the end
beneficiaries and organisations such as training providers."
In addition to asking for projects that will meet these needs,
in September the task force will be making a call for bids
for projects to set up global grants. Similar to schemes already
operated by Cornwall Enterprise and BTCV, these are projects
that establish a fund for making small grants to community
However, any organisation wishing to operate a global grant
project will need to meet certain requirements prior to submitting
a bid and potential applicants are being advised to contact
the Government Office South West (GOSW) now if they wish to
make a bid in the future.
Click here to view further information located in the Learning
and Skills Task Force section.
Alternatively, any organisation interested in making a bid
or finding out the requirements for a global grant
project should contact Dr Green on 01872 260206 (email:
or Janet Woolley at Government Office South West on 01752
635022 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
European Social Fund (ESF)
The ESF is helping develop employment by promoting employability,
the business spirit and equal opportunities and investing
in human resources.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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