Highland Employability Pipeline Challenge Fund

Highland Council would like to invite Challenge Fund applications from a number of Third Sector Service Providers of an appropriate scale, to deliver a package of Specialist Employability Support Services to enable unemployed people to progress along the Strategic Skills Pipeline. As multi stage provision it is anticipated that the clients accessing the service will need longer term support as they progress towards and into sustained employment. If a provider is not seeking to deliver multi stage provision itself, it will need to enter into consortia to ensure clients are able to access the multi stage support they need.

Supported through the European Social Fund (ESF), the Council is running a Challenge Fund Grant Scheme where successful providers are required to provide their own match funding to access the European Funds. An intervention rate up to 70% of ESF is available. The Closing date for Challenge Fund Applications is 24th January 2020  with service delivery commencing at the earliest, 1st April 2020 and finishing by 31st December 2022.  For further information and a copy of the Challenge Fund application pack, please email employability@highland.gov.uk . 

Please note that Highland Council will also shortly be re-procuring its Framework for the provision of short term employability provision where no match funding from Providers is required.