Maximising European Social Fund opportunities

Posted 21.11.2022

The Building Better Opportunities programme in D2N2 ends in March 2023.  In order for the programmes to ensure that they can support participants with their journey into education, employment or training projects will be closed to referrals by the end of 2022.  The programmes may receive some funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund but we will not know about this until the end of 2022 or early 2023.

Whilst the BBO programmes will be closing for referrals soon, other ESF funded programmes are continuing to take referrals during 2023 that may be able to meet the needs of people who are out of work, economically inactive or NEET in the D2N2 area.  These are commissioned via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

All European Social Fund programmes will end in 2023 and the D2N2 local authority districts are working to ensure that the needs of our local communities are met through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in their area. The county councils (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire) will be responsible for delivering Multiply (a wide ranging adult numeracy programme) across their respective county areas.

The commissioned programmes that will continue to take referrals in 2023 are:

Investment Priority 1.1 – Access to Employment for Jobseekers and Inactive People

  • Way2Work is especially for people who are facing personal and economic barriers to finding a job such as:  Lack of basic maths and language skills, Single adult families

People from BAME communities, Over 50s people with disabilities or health conditions which have a long-term and significant impact on their daily lives

  • Back2Work is an employment recovery programme, providing targeted and early intervention employment support to individuals across the D2N2 region whose employment status has been directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

These contracts are managed by Nottingham City Council along with a series of local partners including: Academy Transformation Trust, Derby Employment Hub, East Midlands Chamber, Futures, Inspire, Nottingham City Homes and The Prince’s Trust.

  • Pathways to Health and Social Care – a programme working with people who want to work in the health and social care sectors.

This contract is managed by Nottingham City Council in partnership with The Prince’s Trust and Care 4 Notts – ISC careers portal.

For more information about the programmes above, the partners and how to sign up follow this link: Our Community Projects – Nottingham Jobs

  • Well 4 Work – the programme aims to support individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who are facing physical, mental and financial barriers which are preventing them from getting into work, helping them to overcome those barriers and feel confident going forward.  This includes people who:  are lone parents, are disabled or have health problems, are from ethnic minorities, are aged over 50 or who are not confident about their existing skills.

The contract is managed by Futures and delivered across the area by a range of partners including Broxtowe & Gedling Borough Councils, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire County Councils, Framework, Autism East Midlands and others.  To find more, follow this link Well for Work – Futures for You

BBO is having a significant impact on individual lives, supporting people to increase their confidence, independence and achieve their employment aspirations.

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