Funding pot opens to boost county’s skill set
A FUNDING pot aimed at helping businesses grow the county’s economic potential has been launched by the
Thames Valley Berkshire LEP.
There are four different funding groups, each funded by the European Social Fund, and have a combined value of more than £2.6 million.
£530,000 is available for a Skills Support for the Workforce project to support activities that help to upskill Berkshire’s workforce
£992,000 Skills Support for the Unemployed fund is available for projects that help the county’s long-term unemployed to gain access to training and job opportunities
£212,000 to support young people at risk of disengaging in education
£936,000 to create a Berkshire Community Grants programme
The application process for the funding is open until Monday, September 17 and the programmes will be delivered from April 1 next year.
Each Call specification is available on the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP’s website.
The funds have been welcomed.
Huw Edwards, Chair of the TVB European Structural Investment Funds subcommittee, said: “Berkshire has one of the most successful labour markets in the UK, but below the surface there are significant challenges in meeting the economy’s need for talent, skills and labour, now and in the future.
“Skills shortages are acute.
“There is more that can be done to close the gap between the worlds of education and employment and there is a growing recognition of the need for individuals to be in ‘good work’. The LEP is committed to inclusive economic growth, which is why we are investing in creating sustainable jobs through programmes funded by the European Social Fund.”
The LEP has already invested in skills, education and employment in Berkshire with projects such as the Berkshire Apprenticeship Service, Worlds of Opportunity (WOOP) which aims to close the STEAM skills gap.
It also helps with Digital Gum, a scheme to help apprentices and re-launchers (such as return to work parents) into digital careers.
Any partners or organisations that may be interested in partnership working with the LEP is asked to complete a partner register on the LEP website.
For more details, log on to www. thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk/europeansocial-fund.htm