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1. Title: SKILLS FOR THE MATURE WORKFORCE PROJECT CALL – FUNDING2. Awarding Authority: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and Rural Payments Agency, GB Email: [email protected] / [email protected] Contract type: Service contract4. Description: Call to run a project to identify barriers faced by older people to continuing in employment, and provide support to both individuals and businesses to address these barriers in the Specified LocationThe purpose of this call is to identify barriers faced by older people to continuing in employment, and provide support to both individuals and businesses to address these barriers and increase economic productivity of businesses employing 50+ population in Worcestershire.The Hub approach should be closely aligned to the WLEP Growth Hub.Applicants should consider how they will:For employers – how to effectively share expertise across their workforces while avoiding ageism. This will be designed to help them understand generational learning styles and preferences and choose the best transfer methods for their and training for business owners/leaders to enable them to understand the needs of older workers and how they can offer flexible working and training opportunities for older workers beyond part-time hourssupport and training for line managers to enable them to correctly meet the needs of an ageing workforceprovision of individually tailored mid-career reviews for 50+ workers to include a review of current role and skills, future prospects and direction, and imminent and future flexible working requirements including for health reasonsmany mature workers will have the experience and knowledge so by using their skills to observe, advise and instruct others to improve productivitycross mentoring to the younger workforce and mid-career workforce, setting up a reverse mentoring scheme – when younger employees teach the mature employees their skills such as digital technologyWorking with individuals to deliver on identified training needs identified in mid-career reviews, for example:provision of training and retraining for older workers to ensure relevant and up to date skills, for example digital skillsprovision of specialist training opportunities for 50+ workers where requiredprovision of apprenticeships for older workersFor more information, download the call specification.5. CPV Code(s): 80500000, 80000000, 805300006. NUTS code(s): UKG, UKG1, UKG127. Main site or location of works, main place of delivery or main place of performance: Worcester LEP area.Location: West MidlandsLocation The project must cover the Worcester LEP area.8. Reference attributed by awarding authority: OC38S21P18259. Estimated value of requirement: ValueApproximately £ 2,000,000 of ESF is available10. Full application deadline 14.6.2021 (00:00).11. Address to which they must be sent: For further information regarding the above contract notice please visit: 12. Other information: Fund state: OpenType: Learning and skillsCompletion dateProjects 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.Full Application SubmissionTo apply for funding under this call you will need to complete and submit your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT System.Please note: the ECLAIMS IT System can only be access from within the UK.Full Applications submitted in the ECLAIMS IT System after the call closing date shown above and on the call specification will not be appraised.If you do not already have access to the ECLAIMS IT system, please request an ‘ECLAIMS External Access Form’ by emailing [email protected] will need to request an External Access Form for each person in your organisation who requires access.It is your responsibility to ensure you request and activate your ECLAIMS access in sufficient time. We strongly advise that you obtain and activate your ECLAIMS access at least 2 weeks prior to the advertised call closure date, if not sooner.You are also advised to read the details in the call specification in order to produce an application that complies with the requirements and meets the needs set out in the ESF Operational Programme. All this information, the related guidance and the European Social Fund Operational Programme can be found from our homepage. The published ESF Online Full Application Guidance also provides step-by-step advice on how to complete your Full Application using the ECLAIMS IT system. ESF Online Full Application Guidance.Technical SupportIf you encounter any technical difficulties completing or submitting your Full Application via the ECLAIMS IT system, please send an email to [email protected] technical support operating hours are Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm and it is your responsibility to ensure you seek and technical advice in sufficient time to complete and submit your Full Application before the published call closure date.The Managing Authority reserves the right to reject applications which are incomplete or not submitted in a timely and compliant way.Contact detailsIf you have any questions about the Call Specification or ESF Online Full Application Guidance, please contact [email protected] This address should not be used to request technical supportTKR-2021419-EX-1596736# funding opportunity