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European Funding Available to Support Access To Higher Education

Up to £350k is available to deliver projects that will support people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to access Higher Education.  The Flexible Fund Pot is part of the European Social Fund Widening Participation through Skills project, a project which has received £1,500,000 as part of the 2014-2020 Growth Programme. 

Applicants are invited to submit innovative proposals that will support  improving pathways from vocational programmes to higher education and to increase access for all to higher level skills training through innovative and flexible access routes which address barriers to participation. This project will particularly target those least likely to access HE including part-time employees, older workers and other disengaged and disadvantaged groups.

The focus of the project is working with employed or self-employed participants.  By exception, a small proportion of participants can be unemployed or economically inactive, e.g. response to redundancy, higher level skills need.  Participants should be without a relevant qualification at Level 4.  There are no fixed prior attainment requirements.  Activities must be delivered in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Priority groups: employed females, participants aged 54 and over, participants from ethnic minorities, participants with disabilities & single adult household with dependent children.

Overall project targets:  1,806 participants undertaking an awareness raising activity, 603 participants gaining a level 3 or above or a unit of a level 3 and above qualification.

This funding is open to public, private and voluntary sectors and applications should not exceed £100k (including the required 20% match funding).  Applications may be submitted either by an individual organisation or in partnership. 

Victoria Martin, Widening participation through skills, project manager, said,“Evidence shows that people with Higher Level education earn on average 15% more than those that don’t.  Projects like this are vital for the people and prosperity of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

Activity must be completed by 31 October 2018.

Should you require an application please contact Amanda Andrews on ajandrews@plymouth.ac.uk.

Deadline for submission of applications:  3 March 2017.

Page last updated: 12:16, 13th February 2017
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