European Social Fund

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The Project

In 2016, Gateshead College successfully secured funding from the European Social Fund to deliver funded training to North East based businesses looking to develop their workforce and strengthen and grow their businesses. The fund is also designed to support individuals looking to get back into work, get promoted or start their own business. The project runs until March 2019, by which time we will have delivered training to over 15,000 people across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and County Durham.

European Social Fund

The project is receiving up to £21M of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

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Courses and Training

This training is delivered through a partnership of colleges, training providers and specialists in business support. Together we have a huge range of expertise and options to offer anyone looking to develop their business and their skills.

Courses on offer range from welding to digital marketing; lean manufacturing to managing staff; software testing to how to use Excel spreadsheets. With so much on offer we can deliver something which meets your specific needs, so talk to us. All courses are fully funded.

Do I Qualify?

If you’re a business you must have a base in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear or County Durham.

If you’re self-employed, a sole trader or a micro business you can also get support.

Employees must be over 16.

You will find a whole range of opportunities on this website but if you don’t see what you need just let us know; we will do everything we can to shape something around your needs.

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