ESFA Skills Opt in Contracts: Who Are The Successful Providers?

Following the success of our ESFA opt in projects, which ran between November 2016 and March 2019, we have taken the opportunity to go out to procurement for another round of projects. These are Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) and NEET. Community Grants are also part of the ESFA re-procurement.

We are now able to announce that the successful organisations who will be providing these projects are Calderdale College, who will be delivering Skills Support for the Workforce and NYBEP, who will be delivering NEET.

A new injection of investment will see £2.5 million being invested in Skills Support for the Workforce and which will cover the whole York, North Yorkshire and East Riding area. The NEET project will also receive a fresh investment of £0.25 million which will be used across Scarborough, Richmond, Hambleton and Ryedale.

To date, through Skills Support for the Workforce, the LEP area has seen over 1000 businesses receive training needs analysis and over 3500 employees receiving relevant skills training to support business productivity and growth. Through NEET, over 200 young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) or who are at risk of becoming so, received support and skills training to enable them to reconnect with their learning or move into employment, apprenticeships or training.

Humber Learning Consortium are the successful application for Community grants and will receive a new investment of £1 million. From 2016 – 2019, the project has awarded over 100 grants of between £5k and £15k to voluntary organisations across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding to aid the delivery of projects that support individuals overcome personal barriers, gain new qualifications and move into further learning, employment and volunteering roles.

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