Call title – Skills for Growth – Advice and Guidance for Employed and Redundant Adults (OC05S20P1789) 

Call closes – 20 January 2021

Download the full funding specification – call specification >

Call to run a project to provide advice and guidance to employed and redundant adults to improve progression in the labour market.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on the issues faced by employers and their employees in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It is unlikely that opportunities that were previously available will exist in the foreseeable future. Long periods of furlough, changes to working patterns combined with the possibility of redundancy and lack of alternative opportunities will have a negative effect on people’s confidence. The effects on their aspirations through the lack of independent careers information, advice and guidance both during the pandemic and into recovery, are yet to be seen but these are likely to include access to apprenticeships, traineeships, employment, FE and HE opportunities.

Funding of up to £1.6m is available for a project which will improve progression of adults in or into the labour market. The project will be innovative in the provision of effective independent Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) and access to vocationally-based skills activity leading to sustainable employment, including apprenticeships and traineeships, or further training/education opportunities – either for the current or future opportunities that may emerge. The additional support from this investment priority will help employed and redundant people to progress at work through achieving additional skills, and it will drive growth in their organisation by improving productivity and flexibility.

The funding comes from the European Social Fund (ESF) and forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme which aims to deliver economic regeneration for the region from 2014-2020.

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 or 01872 323248.

The Team have a range of specialisms including the Cross Cutting Themes.  Applicants are encouraged to engage with the team.

If you wish to work in partnership with other organisations the Team at CDC are producing a spreadsheet of interested parties by call.  Please let us know if you wish to be added to this list which will be published on the Growth Programme website to help assist with collaborative working.

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

UK Withdrawal Agreement
Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK will continue to participate in programmes funded under the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure.

This means that the vast majority of programmes will continue to receive EU funding across the programme’s lifetime. In many cases, funding will continue until after 2020 and the end of the transition period. In addition, UK organisations can continue to bid for new grant funding under the current MFF.

More information on the continued UK participation in EU Programmes can be found at the following website link