Monday, November 13, 2023

Call for Projects to deliver bespoke employability and skills support.

West Lancashire Borough Council is delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for educators, training providers, businesses, and innovation leaders to contribute to the vitality and economic resilience of our region.

The West Lancashire Up-Skilling Programme opens for applications on Tuesday 14 November until Tuesday 28 November and we are seeking dynamic project proposals for work-based skills initiatives that focus on addressing skills gaps in critical sectors with challenging-to-fill roles.

Our mission is to cultivate a skilled workforce that propels high-productivity businesses and sustains economic growth within our borough and supports the UKSPF Intervention E30 - Business support measures to drive employment growth, particularly in areas of higher unemployment.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Operate within or benefit the West Lancashire borough.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the skills gaps in the targeted sectors.
  • Present a feasible plan with measurable outcomes.
  • Show potential for sustainable impact beyond the life of the project.

Further information about the programme and how to apply can be found at:

Cllr Rob Molloy (Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Regeneration) said: "The Council is pleased to be able to address this challenge for businesses and would encourage collaboration on delivering transformative projects that will help build our local workforce's capacity, fuel innovation, and maintain our position as a leading destination for high-skilled, high-productivity businesses."

"Together, we can ensure that West Lancashire remains at the forefront of economic and social prosperity".

This scheme is funded by UK Shared Prosperity Funding under the Supporting Local Businesses theme, to help support businesses struggling to recruit in skilled roles within their business. For more information about the wider UKSPF investment plan for West Lancashire visit