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Pathways to Opportunity for Young People

Call to run a project to support under 25-year olds who are NEET to be prepared for various local opportunities locally, and to provide the wrap around support required

Fund state: Open
Type: Access to employment
Location: South East
Funding source: European Social Fund
Closing date: 24 May 2021


This call seeks to provide support for under 25-year olds not in education, employment or training to be prepared for various local opportunities locally, including those in sectors such as care, health, digital, logistics, education hospitality and visitor, construction and engineering and to provide the wrap around support that many young people will require, such as mental health, employability, financial well-being and housing support. This will complement national initiatives such as apprenticeships and Kickstart by preparing young people to take these up. Preparing young people for jobs, apprenticeships and training in these sectors is an important first step to a long-term career.

Due to the size of the SELEP geography the, scale of young people unemployed and the differing sector needs, local bids within the SELEP geography are appropriate.

Programmes should give young people the additional support they require to take up opportunities such as apprenticeships or jobs and provide wrap around support to address any barriers to sustaining employment that may exist also.

Activities may include pre-apprenticeship and pre-employment training aligned to sectors, confidence building and wrap around support for aspects such as mental health, housing and financial assistance. Programmes should take into account any barriers presented by Covid-19 and seek solutions such as online learning, telephone support and advice as appropriate.

For more information, download the Call Specification.


The project must cover the South East LEP area.


Approximately £2,000,000 of ESF is available.


Full application deadline: 24 May 2021

Completion date

Projects must be financially completed (i.e. have a proposed Financial Completion Date) no later than 31st December 2023; however, the Managing Authority reserves the right to vary the maximum duration in exceptional circumstances.