£5.5m European Funding Call: Skills for Growth-Business Clusters project

Call title – Skills for Growth:Business Clusters project OC05S19P1388

Closing Date – 18 July 2019

Download the full funding specification- call specification

Funding of up to £5.5m is available to further develop a bespoke Skills Access Hub in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (C&IoS). The funding comes from the European Social Fund and forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme which aims to deliver economic regeneration for the region from 2014-2020.

This call seeks applications that will deliver an employer led approach to improve the labour market relevance of skills provision for local business clusters. Clusters could, for example, focus on a geographical area, a supply chain model and/or industry type. It will directly engage employers to identify and address their skills needs; to be more involved in designing, delivering and enhancing the labour market relevance of education and training systems for their workforce. The aim is to support uptake of skills provision which in turn will enable business growth.

This could include building the capacity of SMEs and micro companies to provide project/placement/internship/ apprenticeship opportunities.

Creating the skilled workforce needed to increase economic growth and improve productivity is a priority for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (C&IoS). There is a need to further invest in supporting our businesses to develop the skills base of their employees in order to close the gap with national average skills levels.

The focus of any proposed project must relate to ‘business needs’ that are ‘employer identified’ with the beneficiary businesses being those involved in the project.

Applicants should seek to work across industry and business clusters to identify common skills demands and shortages with a view to the development of skills training and development that will support a range of business in the region with the objective to improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems, facilitating the transition from education to work, and strengthening vocational education and training systems and their quality.

For full details of the call, please download the call specification.

Applicant Support

To support applicants, the Access to the Programme Team, funded by technical assistance, offer free specialist support for applicants and can be contacted on accesstotheprogramme@cornwalldevelopmentcompany.co.uk or 01872 323248.

Details of how this team can help can be found here:

Further information about the European Social Fund can be found here.