ESF Projects

Since The Lancashire Colleges was set up in 1998, we have been responsible for delivering over £8m worth of ESF and DWP funded projects. In the process we have engaged with over 7,000 learners across Lancashire and the rest of the North West. Today working in concert with colleagues from The Lancashire Work Based Learning Executive Forum (LWBLEF) through the Lancashire Employment & Skills Executive Partnership (LESEP) our jointly owned partnership vehicle, we are actively involved in  bidding for and delivering tenders for a further £35million of funding which we hope to secure within Lancashire.

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‘Moving On’

In May 2016 £4million of funding was secured by the Lancashire Employment and Skills Executive Partnership (LESEP), to support young people in Lancashire in a project running as ‘Moving On!’

Developed for 15 to 18-year-olds who are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) or at risk of becoming NEET, and 15 to 24-years-olds with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), the programme aims to improve young people’s education, employability and personal skills to aid progression to further learning, Traineeships, Apprenticeships or employment.

Following an Invitation to Tender launched in January 2017, we are pleased to announce that the following organisations have been invited to join the Moving On Provider Network (subject to due diligence), helping to ensure the success of the project in meeting local needs:

  • PeoplePlus Group Ltd
  • Skills Recruitment Ltd t/a Skills Construction Centre
  • Enterprise4all (North West) Limited
  • Matthews and Leigh Training Ltd
  • Education Business Partnership (NW) Ltd

Access to Employment

In November 2016 LESEP secured £6.7million of funding for The ‘Access to Employment’ (A2E) project which will aim to help 4,127 people via bespoke support and training packages.

Split into two themes, the objective of the first ‘Support for the Unemployed’ is to help unemployed and inactive people to enter and sustain employment. Support available will include coaching, mentoring, advice on job searching, CV tips and interview techniques, literacy and ICT training, ESOL provision and programmes for learners with special educational needs. In addition, the project will help those with personal or social barriers to employment, for example, the purchase of tools or equipment or to fund travel or childcare costs.

Other recent examples of our work includes:

English and Maths For The Employed

  • This project was designed to target individuals to complete English and Maths qualifications. We successfully delivered 128 qualifications to 102 learners. There was a mix of provision delivered driven by employer demand with 80 English and 48 maths qualifications with the majority at entry level. There were 15 workshops delivering 98 qualifications to 80 beneficiaries which represented 77% of the qualification starts.

The Workplace Learning Programme

  • The aim of this project was to promote the in-work progression of employed individuals with low skills through delivery of work related skills training. The project engaged with 26 employers delivering 21 different qualifications to 361 learners. There was a mix of provision delivered driven by employer demand with the majority at level 2 with 213 learners, 147 at level 1 and only one at level 3. The Lancashire Colleges and Lancashire Work Based Learning Executive Forum have come together to establish a new partnership; Lancashire Employment & Skills Executive Partnership (LESEP), together we will optimise the opportunities from the up and coming ESIF 2014-2020 funding. Collaboratively we can help create a long lasting and positive impact on skills and employment in Lancashire.

Some of the projects previously run by The Lancashire Colleges include:

  • Pathways To Level 2
  • 4 Award In Lancashire
  • Additional Level 3
  • Age: No Concern
  • Addressing Worklessness In Lancashire
  • Reducing NEET
  • Supporting Employment Opportunities For You People (LLDD)