As part of the ESF Skills Support for the Workplace specification, the Skills Funding
Agency made available a Local Response Fund in each LEP area.
ACER in partnership with local colleges has been awarded the LRF projects for the
New Anglia and Northamptonshire LEP areas and will be working with the Skills Support
for the Workforce lead to provide comprehensive workforce skills support.
The purpose of the LRF funding is to develop and pilot projects in response to emerging
skills issues. These innovative solutions will particularly address skills participation,
achievement and progression issues with a specific focus on:
Achievement and progression for under-represented groups of learners and/or SMEs
Specified/prioritised localities or communities e.g. Enterprise Zones, Core Cities,
Rural Communities or sectors.
Engaging new employers/employer reps and other stakeholders who have the potential
to influence the delivery of learning.
ACER, in conjunction with the LEPs, other stakeholders and relevant governance groups,
will develop solutions in response to skills needs/barriers as they arise. ACER
will commission the development, piloting and evaluation of the solutions with a
range of delivery providers. This activity will run from Summer 2013 until October
2015. Information on the latest projects running will be available via updates published
on this site.
ACER is looking for potential partners to support the delivery of LRF and would welcome
contact from any provider who can meet the following criteria:
Grade 2 or above
Partners wishing to raise identified skills gaps that need to be addressed can email
us at anytime as this will be a responsive programme and we welcome ideas on where
solutions need to be found to meet emerging business needs.