Strategic Partners

European Social Fund

We have a proven track record of delivering high performing skills and employability contracts for the European Social Fund (ESF) and we deliver other large scale regional training and skills programmes for EU fund managing authorities.

We deliver on behalf of Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Education and Skills Funding Agency and we work in partnership with local authorities and local training companies in each region to ensure the programmes are relevant to the local economy and the skills which employers need.

Since April 2019 over 6,800 young people and adults have joined one of the four European Social Fund contracts we are delivering with Greater London Authority, South East Local Enterprise Partnership and Coast to Capital.

Together we transform lives.

ESF Greater London Authority Contract

This programme is for jobseekers predominantly aged 19-24 living in the London boroughs of Croydon, Richmond Upon Thames, Merton, Sutton and Kingston Upon Thames.

Following an initial assessment and understanding of individual needs, learners receive bespoke skills and vocational training, giving them the direction to progress into further education, traineeships, apprenticeships or employment.

ESF South East Local Enterprise Partnership Contract

Targeting 15–18-year-olds across East Sussex, Kent and Essex, the programme is planned in conjunction with local authorities to concentrate on identified ‘hot spots.

Working with our delivery partners, we are focused on supporting school leavers aged 15 and over as well as those aged 16-18.

Each learner is supported by a mentor to develop an individual programme of relevant skills and vocational training and is guided to enable progression into further education, employment, traineeships or apprenticeships.

See how the programme is being delivered by local delivery partners under the direction of Skills Training UK in Kent

ESF Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership

For people aged 16 and upwards, Step Forward is designed to support small and micro businesses with staff upskilling and development, people at risk of redundancy and people who have recently been made redundant needing to re-train or upskill.

The training and support is available to businesses and individuals throughout the region. The programme is tailored to match individual needs and is planned to enable in-work progression as well as provide guidance towards further education, apprenticeships and, where appropriate, employment.

ESF Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

The Positive Directions programme with Stoke and Staffordshire LEP can help young people age 15 to 24, who are not in employment, education or training, to get new skills and experiences as an alternative route to college/sixth-form. Positive Directions helps young people to achieve qualifications as well as careers guidance, work experience placements and personal development.

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    Please note: This form relates to employers and partnerships only - if you are a learner looking to obtain course information, please visit Courses for 16-18s, Traineeships for 16-24s, Courses for Adults 19+ or Apprenticeships for 16+.

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