ESF
ESF supports a raft of projects. The aim is to create jobs and develop skills.

DWP Work Routes

What?
The DWP Work Routes project aims to support the unemployed back into employment by developing their employability skills. Hertfordshire LEP helped secure funding from the European Social Fund for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy, for the European Structural Investment Fund on behalf of Government. The project is being delivered by Reed in Partnership and is countywide but with focused hubs in Watford, Stevenage and Broxbourne.

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its package of measures designed to support the unemployed, vulnerable adults and the over 50s back into the jobs market. This is key given the county’s tight labour market and the need for skills required by local employers.

Funding
The project received £1.8m from the European Social Fund.

Skills Funding Agency (SFA) Skills Support for the Unemployed

What?
The SFA Skills Support for the Unemployed project aims to support the unemployed back into employment by developing their vocational skills. Hertfordshire LEP helped secure funding from the European Social Fund for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy, for the European Structural Investment Fund on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Learn Direct and is countywide but with focus on Watford, Stevenage and Broxbourne.

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its package of measures designed to support the unemployed and vulnerable adults, with a particular focus on the over 50s, back into the jobs market. This is key given the county’s tight labour market and the need for skills required by local employers.

Impact
The project will help the unemployed back into employment through its focus on the development of vocational skills. It will deliver 176 progressions onto apprenticeships and support 156 people back into employment.

Funding
The project received £1.5m from the European Social Fund.

Enhanced Information Advice and Guidance (IAG)

What?
The Enhanced Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) project aims to make provision for enhanced IAG support with a focus on young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or pre-NEET. Hertfordshire LEP helped secure funding from the European Social Fund for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy, for the European Structural Investment Fund on behalf of the Government. The Project is being delivered by Learn Direct with a countywide focus.

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its commitment to helping young people aged 16-24 into training and employment by building greater links with employers and schools and colleges and increasing the number of apprenticeships and traineeships. The LEP is also working to increase the percentage of young people staying in employment or training while enabling priority groups to fulfil their potential.

Impact
The project will help provide enhanced information, advice and guidance to support people – particularly NEETs and pre-NEETs – into employment and training. It will support 75 progressions onto apprenticeships and 75 progressions into employment.

Funding
The project received £0.5m from the European Social Fund.

 

Removing Barriers to Employment (STRIVE)

What?
The Removing Barriers to Employment (STRIVE) project aims to support those furthest from the labour market, i.e. those on ESA benefits (Employment and Support Allowance) or who are economically active, to secure sustainable employment. Hertfordshire LEP helped secure funding from the European Social Fund for the project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy, for the European Structural Investment Fund on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Hertfordshire County Council with a countywide focus.

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its work towards fuller employment, enhancing opportunities through lifelong learning, supporting vulnerable adults into employment, increasing the available workforce and enabling priority groups to fulfil their potential.

Impact
The project helps those furthest from the job market secure sustainable employment and, specifically, support 320 people into education and 320 people into employment.

Funding
The project received £2m from the European Social Fund.

Financial Confidence (MILES)

What?
The Financial Confidence (MILES) project aims to provide financial advice to those further from the labour market, i.e. those on ESA benefits or who are economically active, to secure sustainable employment. Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy, for the European Structural Investment Fund on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Hertfordshire County Council with a countywide focus.

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its work towards fuller employment, enhancing opportunities through lifelong learning, supporting vulnerable adults into employment, increasing the available workforce and enabling priority groups to fulfil their potential.

Impact
The project helps those furthest from the job market secure sustainable employment and, specifically, support 147 people into education and 147 people into employment.

Funding
The project received £0.28m from the European Social Fund.

Support for Young People

What?
The Support for Young People project includes programmes of support targeted at young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or at risk of becoming NEET. Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy, for the European Structural Investment Fund on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by Hertfordshire County Council with a countywide focus.

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its commitment to developing our future workforce and, in particular, supporting young people aged 16-24 years in the transition from school to employment. Another of the LEP’s specific aims is to increase the percentage of young people staying in employment and training.

Impact
The project helps NEETs and those at risk of becoming NEETs and, specifically, will support 50 young people into education and 50 into employment.

Funding
The project received £0.57m from the European Social Fund.

SFA Skills for Growth

What?
The SFA Skills for Growth project aims to up-skill employed individuals with a particular focus on those with current skill level below Level 2. Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy, for the European Structural Investment Fund on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by SEETEC with a countywide focus.

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its commitments to increase the percentage of working age residents with English and maths at Level 2 or above; work with businesses and training providers to improve the skills of the existing workforce to sustain economic growth; and increase the number of businesses that undertake formal training and development of their workforce with a particular focus on apprenticeships.

Impact
The project is helping up-skill employed individuals, particularly those with current skill level below Level 2. It will support 550 progressions onto apprenticeships, 1,525 progressions into education and engage 801 SMEs.

Funding
The project received £5.68m from the European Social Fund.

Skills Funding Agency (SFA) Skills Support for SMEs

What?
The SFA Skills Support for SMEs project aims to provide skills advisory support for Hertfordshire-based SMEs and access to £1500 incentive grants. Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for this project as part of its work setting the direction and priorities, and developing and delivering the strategy, for the European Structural Investment Fund on behalf of the Government. The project is being delivered by the University of Hertfordshire with a countywide focus.

Why?
Hertfordshire LEP helped secure EU funding for the project as part of its commitments to provide targeted support to SMEs and their workforce in order to facilitate growth; increase the number of businesses that undertake formal training and development of their workforce with a particular focus on apprenticeships; and increasing apprenticeship opportunities and take-up.

Impact
The project is providing skills advisory support for SMEs and helping them access grants worth £1,500. It is supporting 370 progressions onto apprenticeships, engaging 750 SMEs and helping 300 SMEs access incentive grants.

Funding
The project received £1.2m from the European Social Fund.