Calderdale College is delighted that its bid for the European Social Fund (ESF) English and Maths for the Employed contract has been successful. The College, as the Accountable Body on behalf of the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges, has been awarded a contract worth over £4.5 million.
The College will be responsible for provision across Yorkshire and the Humber and the North West, North East, West and East Midlands. By awarding the contract to Calderdale College the Skills Funding Agency, who co-finance ESF, has shown the confidence they have in the College and West Yorkshire consortium to meet the targets set.
Director of External Funding Joanne Patrickson said “Delivering this programme will be exciting yet challenging and we look forward to working in partnership to deliver a successful contract. The successful bid builds on previous Workplace Learning and Skills Enhancement Fund that the College has successfully managed through the West Yorkshire Consortium. This is an excellent example of Colleges working together to support the local economy.”
The project is an exciting and innovative initiative to raise the English and Maths levels of individuals in the workplace enabling them to improve their employment prospects and undertake further education. The focus of the initiative will be to assist those most vulnerable to unemployment and help remove barriers to them achieving sustainable employment. The project is firmly aligned with the Government’s vision to improve the levels of Maths and English nationally.
Calderdale College has an excellent track record of working in partnership with other Colleges and Private Training Providers within Yorkshire & Humber and will work with partners across the regions with links to employers and employer engagement. The grant will enable local business to access funding to train their staff and support local people in improving their skills and employment possibilities. The initiative aims to work with local 45,000 individuals across the North of England over the project duration of 3.5 years. Investing in training has been shown to have many economic and social benefits to employers and their employees. This funding will help employed individuals secure their employment whilst supporting businesses to improve their productivity.
The project will help people aged over 19 who are most vulnerable to future unemployment providing them with access to the most relevant support.