ESF Black Country Call 2.1 (Response to Redundancy) – Now Open!

February 22, 2019 4:00 pm

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The following Black Country ESF call has been published on GOV.UK with a deadline of the 16th May 2019.

Response to redundancy call in the Black Country LEP Area (OC01S19P1300)

Call to run a project to deliver skills support for the workforce and response to redundancy in the Black Country LEP Area.


Through this call the Managing Authority is seeking project(s) to deliver

Skills support for the workforce

  • training and interventions for the existing workforce at all levels (including basic skills through to higher level skills.
  • support for progression in work e.g. support for intermediate, technical and advanced vocational provision for career progression.
  • mid-career reviews and retraining.
  • support for intermediate, technical and advanced skills for specific industries and sectors identified as driving growth in local economies in support of other relevant thematic objectives.
  • digital skills to support workforce development and career progression.
  • Leadership and Management Skills to support business growth and facilitate progression and retention into management positions.
  • support businesses to effectively plan skills, recruitment and retention needs to improve the productivity of the workforce.
  • offer flexible learning opportunities and delivery methods to meet the needs of SME’s.
  • offer accredited learning opportunities.
  • offer modular accreditation and top-up delivery.
  • provide progression to Higher Level apprenticeship opportunities.

Response to Redundancy

Early intervention is a priority in helping workers into new jobs before or as near to redundancy as possible. The Response to Redundancy project aims to provide high quality education and training support to people who are at risk of redundancy, have recently been made redundant or have been unemployed for 6 months or less, to enable them to remain in, or find, sustainable employment.

We are looking for partners who can work with organisations facing redundancies, offering a range of support, including interventions such as on-site advice surgeries, links and referrals to other agencies, and information and advice about jobsearch, vacancies and training opportunities.

The service should be available to any organisation planning a redundancy and individuals ‘under threat’ or ‘under notice’ of redundancy. The full range of services should be made available when the company has given the employees their formal notice of redundancy, and they are within 12 weeks of the end date. Interventions should be aimed at helping individual employees losing their jobs and could include:

  • Information, advice and guidance services.
  • An on-site ‘jobshop,’
  • Advice on vacancies, jobsearch, writing a CV and interview techniques.
  • Advice about self-employment, benefits and pensions.
  • Specialist Advisers to identify transferable skills and give advice about skills that are in demand locally.
  • training for work in jobs where there are skills shortages/specific job offers.
  • one-off support to address individual barriers to re-employment linked to specific job offers. e.g. tools, travel costs etc.

The service should be available to any individual at risk of redundancy, newly redundant (within the last 3 months or unemployed for a maximum of 6 months, following redundancy.

The service should offer a range of training options for skills that are in demand locally, or where there are skills shortages or specific job offers, and could include:

administration, social care, fork lift truck driving, light goods vehicle driving, construction training, business start-up training, and job search related skills such as interview techniques, completing application forms, CV writing and presentation skills. Any training provided must be geared to the individual’s career aspirations, which must be realistic and take into account the current labour market needs.

For more information, download the call specification.


The project must cover the Black Country LEP Area.


Approximately £5,500,000 of funding is available.


Full application deadline: 16/05/2019

Completion date

The project must be completed no later than 3 years and 6 months after the proposed start date.

How to apply

To apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and send the Full Application form to the email address provided in the call document. The guidance provides information to help you complete the form.
You are also advised to read the details in the call documents in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage.

Where to send completed applications

Completed Full Applications must be submitted to

Failure to send completed applications to this email address by the deadline in the call specification will be ineligible for consideration.