EU Funding - 02 February 2017

Youth employment in Nottingham invested in via D2N2

Work experience, education, training, and support and skills for unemployed young people in Nottingham will be given a boost; through £774,000 for projects funded via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The ‘Supporting Nottingham’s Young People into the Labour Market’ project will look to help young people in Nottingham aged 15 to 29 – who are not in employment, education or training – to re-engage with education and training, gain basic skills to help them become more employable and get jobs, and also provide then with work experience and training opportunities.

A total of £774,000 is on offer from D2N2 through its allocation of European Social Fund (ESF) monies, a part of D2N2’s wider €250m in European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Amounts are released at regular intervals to tackle barriers to economic growth in the LEP’s area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire); with organisations invited to bid for funding to run projects addressing a range of themes.

D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and works with skills and training providers, Government, businesses, and community and voluntary organisations to grow its area’s economy, with the aim of helping create 55,000 new jobs in ten years (2013-2023).

This latest ‘call’ for funding bids offers £774,000 from D2N2’s ESF allocation for projects assisting young people in the Nottingham City area to re-engage with education and training, address basic skills needs to help them compete effectively with other candidates when applying for jobs and also – in the case of those aged 18 and over – providing them with work experience and training opportunities.

Businesses and organisations wishing to run a project which accomplishes these aims have until March 12 (2017) to apply for funding. For more information see web link

Bids will be evaluated against D2N2’s employment, skills and community priorities and projects must be worth at least a total of £225,000 (£150,000 ESF plus £75,000 match provided by the applicant). Projects must be completed by July 31, 2018.

David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Skills lies at the heart of the D2N2 LEP’s Growth Strategy.

“Helping people gain skills which get them into work and then to develop knowledge which progresses their career is good for individuals, and the resulting pool of potential employees with the skills needed to plug gaps in their workforce is good for businesses.

“This new initiative, backed by £774,000 from D2N2’s European funding allocation, show the LEP’s commitment to skills development in its area and in getting business more involved.”

A workshop will be held to help potential applicants make informed bids on Friday February 3, from 2pm to 3:30pm, at Nottingham City Council headquarters, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham (NG2 3NG).

The event is free but a place must be booked in advance, by contacting David Kelly, Nottingham City Council Economic Development Officer, in email:

For further information regarding the D2N2 ESIF programme please visit the D2N2 ESIF website at or contact Richard Kirkland, ESIF Co-ordinator at the D2N2 LEP, via email at:

For More Information on the above release, please contact:

Sean Kirby

D2N2 Communications Manager

01159 578749

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Sam Burbage

D2N2 Social Media and Marketing Officer

01159 578254

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