European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF)

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In June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union following a referendum.

We will keep you and local partners updated on any changes affecting the delivery of European Structural & Investment Fund (ESIF) projects. In the meantime, if you have any specific queries, please contact:

  • Kathryn Dews (Department for Communities and Local Government [DCLG]) for questions concerning the European Regional Development Fund [ERDF] – Kathryn.Dews@communities.gsi.gov.uk
  • Roger Allonby (The Rural Payments Agency [RPA]) for questions concerning the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development [EAFRD] – Roger.Allonby@rpa.gsi.gov.uk

For the latest announcement from Government regarding EU funding,  issued on 13th August, 2016, please follow the link here. 

ERDF

There are currently no calls open for ERDF.

ESF

1.3: Sustainable Integration of Young People into the Labour Market is now open (10th August)

The aim of the call is to help the sustainable integration into the labour market of young people (ESF), in particular those not in employment, education or training, including young people at risk of social exclusion and young people from marginalised communities, including through the implementation of the Youth Guarantee

Indicatively £7,197,095 million is allocated to the More Developed Region (Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest). The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £300,000 of European Social Funding to any single project.

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2.1: Higher Level Skills: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning is now open (10th August)

The aim of the call is Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups in formal, non-formal and informal settings, upgrading the knowledge, skills and competences of the workforce, and promoting flexible learning pathways including through career guidance and validation of acquired competences.

Indicatively £6 million is allocated to the More Developed Region (Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest). The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £500,000 of European Social Funding to any single project.

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2.1 Basic and Lower Level Skills: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning is now open (10th August)

The aim of the call is Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups in formal, non-formal and informal settings, upgrading the knowledge, skills and competences of the workforce, and promoting flexible learning pathways including through career guidance and validation of acquired competences.

Indicatively £6.25 million is allocated, Approximately £5,000,000 allocated to the More Developed Region (Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wyre Forest) Approximately £1,250,000 allocated to the Transition Region (Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Tamworth and East Staffordshire. The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £300,000 of European Social Funding to any single project.

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Growth Hub:

2.2: Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems is now open (10th August)

The aim of the call is: GBSLEP put in place a “Growth Hub” model of business support to assist companies across the LEP and surrounding area. The Growth Hub should now be expanded with the design and creation of a GBSLEP Skills for Growth Hub, which is intended to increase apprenticeship, intern and work experience uptake, as well as supporting skills needs identified by employers, particularly in GBSLEP growth sectors.

Indicatively £1,310,128 is allocated. The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £500,000 of European Social Funding to any single project. It is anticipated that one provider will be selected.

This call for ESF investment has been issued with a complementary call under ESF Investment Priority 2.1 OC12S17P0799 which provides for the Skills for Growth Hub to put in place an Employer Training Response fund that enables training/skills development from the local offer where no other funding stream is available.

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2.1: Enhancing Equal Access to Lifelong Learning: Greater Birmingham and Solihull Skills for Growth Hub – Skills Training Response fund is now open (10th August).

The aim of the call is: to deliver provision and support to address the skills issues of SMEs and their employees in sectors which present the greatest opportunities for economic and employment growth.

Indicatively, through this call the Managing Authority expects to allocate approximately £6,000,000 ESF to provide a Skills for Growth Hub ‘Employer Training Response fund’ in the More Developed Region (Birmingham, Solihull, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest). The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £500,000 of European Social Funding to any single project. It is anticipated that one provider will be selected.

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Support

Solihull Council (SMBC) is leading on an ESF Technical Assistance and an ERDF Technical Assistance project to support potential applicants. Whilst we are not able to advise which projects will/won’t be successful, it and other local authorities and partners involved can provide some pointers.

There is a dedicated mailbox to help people develop ESIF eligible projects or direct them to the relevant thematic groups. The mail box address is esif@solihull.gov.uk

Technical Assistance Supported Thematic Groups

ERDF PRIORITY: INNOVATION AND R&D – focused on the four key growth sectors:
Life Sciences, Digital and Creative, Low Carbon & Advanced manufacturing
In addition to cross cutting approaches to drive the development of an innovation eco system and SME excellence.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Pam Waddell (p.j.waddell@bham.ac.uk)

ERDF PRIORITY: STIMULATING BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE – driving a coherent research and evidence-led approach to business advice, business start-ups and business support with a focus on the 15 key sectors chosen in the Strategy for Growth.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Ian Mclaughlan (ian.mclaughlan@birmingham.gov.uk).

ERDF PRIORITY: LOW CARBON COMMUNITIES – focusing activity on driving growth in the low carbon economy, through actions on energy efficiency and its economic impact on the supply chain, sustainable transport and resource efficiency.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Emma Tebbutt (etebbutt@solihull.gov.uk)

Find out more about P4: Supporting the shift towards a low carbon economy in all sectors with this fact sheet and fact sheet supplemental

Find out more about P6: Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency with this fact sheet.

ERDF PRIORITY: SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT (SUD) – a ring fenced allocation from P4 and P6 focused around UKC and HS2. The allocation of this funding is centered on the SUD Strategy, as well as the priorities of P4 and P6.

The lead for SUD is Nathan Smallwood (nathan.smallwood@birmingham.gov.uk)

ESF PRIORITY: INCLUSIVE LABOUR MARKETS – Aiming to increase participation in the labour market and thereby improve social inclusion and mobility.  This priority axis brings together ESF investment priorities from thematic objectives 8 (employment) and 9 (social inclusion). Supporting access to employment for job seekers and inactive people, active inclusion, the sustainable integration of young people and community led local development.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Maria Lopez (mlopez@solihull.gov.uk)

ESF PRIORITY: SKILLS FOR GROWTH – Aimed at enhancing equal access to lifelong learning, improving the skills of individuals to meet their goals and the needs of the local economy. Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems, improving employer engagement, participation and engagement in learning so that it is responsive to the needs of the local economy. These investment priorities are from thematic objectives 10 (skills). However the priority axes will contribute indirectly to thematic objectives 8 and 9 by training people in skills that sustain and enhance their employment and reduce the risk of social exclusion.

The Thematic Lead for this Priority is Maria Lopez (mlopez@solihull.gov.uk)

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