Update on the European Social Fund grant awards - 1st Feb 2017

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Over recent months, £70m of European Social Funding has been granted to providers across the North East LEP region to support 30,000 local people into employment and to develop the skills of our workforce. Read on for a brief overview of the most recent projects:

The North East LEP region has now committed over £45m European Funding to deliver training and support to individuals seeking employability skills and routes into employment. This is broken down into the following projects:

Skills Support for the Unemployed 

Mental Health Specialist Support for job seekers and inactive people

The North East Combined Authority, (NECA), through the Mental Health Trailblazer project, and The Prince’s Trust have secured £1.45m of European Social funding to improve employment outcomes for over 1,900 individuals with mental health conditions.
For further information on the North East Mental Health Trailblazer contact Suzzanne.Henderson@northumberland.gov.uk

Support for those who are long term unemployed

Working Links has been awarded £6m by the Department for Work and Pensions to provide additional targeted and bespoke support to over 3,400 individuals who have been on the Work Programme for more than two years but have yet to secure employment.
For further information, contact: Kirsty.Hunn@workinglinks.co.uk

Skills Support for those who are unemployed

Gateshead College and ESG have secured a combined total of £9.4m from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to equip over 5,900 individuals with the skills to enable them to secure employment.
For further information from Gateshead College, please contact: jo.morrissey@gateshead.ac.uk

Support for Young People

Newcastle College Group has secured £2.8m from the SFA to support over 1,300 young people aged 15 – 18 years old who are either Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET to move into work or education.
For further information: abigail.bundy@ncl-coll.ac.uk

DurhamWorksrun by Durham County Council - this project has secured £12.8m of European Social Funding and Youth Employment Initiative Funding to support over 5,800 young people back onto the pathway to employment or education.
Contact Helen Radcliffe - External Programme Manager, Durham County Council for further information.

Community Grants to aid employment

Gateshead Council has secured £2m from the SFA to deliver small scale community grants which can be accessed by organisations to aid people within local communities back on the pathway to employment. Click here for more information.

Kevin Pearson, Principal Learning Skills Manager at Gateshead Council, said: "We are really pleased with the development of this contract, we have had expressions of interest from 435 Third Sector organisations in the North East LEP area, from which we had 101 applications and have made 75 grants to 69 organisations. The contracts we have awarded will deliver over £1m of learning to approx. 1000 unemployed learners."

Building Better Opportunities Partnership Award from the Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery has awarded £18.5m of contracts operating across the North East LEP area to support over 4,500 individuals who are furthest away from the labour market back on the pathways to employment.
Click here for more information


Skills for Growth 

The North East LEP region has now secured over £27m of European Social Funding to deliver skills support to over 11,300 people in the workforce and to support 645 businesses to develop skills to aid business growth.


Skills Support for the Workforce

Gateshead College and New College Durham have secured a combined total of £20m from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to develop the skills of over 11,000 individuals in employment.  Activities cover support for individuals at risk or who have recently been made redundant to support them in overcoming barriers to job progression or sustainment; the delivery of intermediate and higher level skills provision; and support to develop entrepreneurial skills to start and grow a business.
For further information from Gateshead College, contact: jo.morrissey@gateshead.ac.uk and for New College Durham, contact: colleen.peters@newdur.ac.uk

Skills Support for Business

Northumberland College has secured £4.9m from the SFA to deliver support for 645 small and medium-sized enterprises to develop collaborative projects, placements and internships to enable students and graduates to gain industry-relevant experience and skills, to meet current and future employment demands and to make them job ready.  This funding will also be used to enable businesses to work directly with education providers, to ensure the skills offer is adapted to meet the needs of businesses and to raise awareness of job opportunities.
For further information, contact jennie.beaumont@northumberland.ac.uk