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£6 million worth of new funding is now open to organisations in Greater Birmingham

A combined £6 million of new funding from the European Structural Fund (ESF) is available to organisations in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP (GBSLEP) area.

The ESF aims to help fund local, regional and national employment related projects. These include small projects run by neighbourhood charities to help local disabled people find suitable work, up to nationwide projects that promote vocational training among the whole population. The ESF is set up to deliver inclusive growth throughout the European Union by investing in Europe’s human capital.

Three new calls have been released this month and are available to organisations in the GBSLEP area.

£4 million of funding is available through the Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning STEM call. This fund is accessible to organisations that are willing to run additional support programmes that address local skills shortages and barriers that prevent individual up-skilling.

The funding can be accessed by companies working across a range of sectors and particularly those companies within STEM sectors –

A combined £2 million of funding is also available to local organisations willing to run programmes that address employment and growth barriers in the construction industry. The Access to employment for jobseekers and inactive people and Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning calls are designed to support the development and expansion of an appropriately skilled construction workforce in the GBSLEP. Activities supported include skills conversion pathways and interventions to attract underrepresented workers in the industry, such as women and minority ethnic groups.

To find out more about the latest calls please contact Gary Dixon, ESF Technical Assistance Support Officer for GBSLEP, by emailing


European Social Fund

The projects are receiving up to £6,000,000 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

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