Call title – Skills for Growth: Business Clusters project (OC05S20P1743)

Call closes – 9 April 2020, midnight

Download the full funding specification – call specification >

Call to run a project to help create a skilled workforce to increase economic growth in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP Area.

Funding of up to £5.5m is available for projects 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. The aim is to support uptake of skills provision which in turn will enable business growth.

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

The aim is the development of new skill provision / new programme content. This could include building the capacity of SMEs and micro companies to provide project/placement/internship/ apprenticeship opportunities.
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. The call should also seek to understand and develop training opportunities that are more bespoke to certain clusters in addition to the generic opportunities.

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 >