ESF Specifications for Access to Employment for Jobseekers & Inactive People

A further call for applications to the European Social Fund in the Enterprise M3 area, with a value of £1.75m, was run in summer 2016. This call is now closed.

Two kinds of activity were procured as part of this call:

  • Employed centred basic and employability skills for the unemployed
  • Employer Led Vocational Pathway for the unemployed

The Skills Funding Agency is acting as an opt-in organisation, meaning they have provided match funding and are managing the procurement process. Further details on the procurement process can be found here. A copy of the specification, which provides the detail of the services to be procured, can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page. Further information is also available via the video series, which we have prepared to give prospective applicants an overview of the opportunities and service requirements (you can find the videos via the following links: Basic & Employability Skills and Vocational Pathways).

Please note that the specification covers the entire contract, which includes the two themes listed above. The videos cover each theme separately, so there is duplication of information which relates to the whole specification. The videos can be viewed separately or as a series covering the full specification.

A networking event was held on Friday 17 June, to provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions and meet other prospective applicants, including lead organisations, with a view to forming partnerships to bid for funding. The presentations from the workshop, as well as a list of questions asked and answers given, are available to download on the right hand side of this page.