Information about CLLD

What will Keighley CLLD achieve?

The CLLD programme is split into 2 themes – one funded by ESF (European Social Fund) & the other funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund)

Under the ESF strand we will aim to support 600 local people – including 377 unemployed (including long term unemployed), 223 economically inactive, 200 over 50 years of age, 200 from ethnic minority & 118 with disabilities including mental health issues. We hope this Keighley programme will assist at least 155 people into education or training on leaving, 85 people into employment (including self employment) and at least 120 economically inactive people into employment or job search on leaving the programme. All outcomes will need to be evidenced.


Under the ERDF strand we will aim to support 100 enterprises to receive support of which 75 will be new enterprises, 100 new jobs created (including start ups) and 75 potential entrepreneurs assisted to be enterprise ready.

The planned activities are: (progress shown in bold)
European Social Fund (ESF)
1. In last stage of Contract award - Improving low level skills amongst young people and adults in the CLLD area, including basic skills, language and communication, personal development, employability, and ICT and digital.
2. In last stage of Contract award - Providing pathways for integration and re-entry into employment for unemployed/ economically inactive CLLD residents, through employer engagement for a range of activities including short work tasters, training facilities, Training equipment rental, job clubs, work experience, job/career pathways information and awareness.
4. In application Appraisal stage - Holistic family-focused support provision addressing core /employability skills and barriers to learning and employment.
10. Practical & advisory support for employers to overcome barriers to recruiting people with disabilities
11. Work buddy programme for micro businesses and unemployed residents
12. CLLD area wide strategies to build resilience in families and communities and support social and community integration.
13. Stimulating local level collaboration amongst residents, small businesses and other local economic bodies, to support social inclusion and environmental improvements.
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
5. Small scale business grants /voucher scheme to support start-up, growth, and accessing business space and equipment.
6. Activities to promote entrepreneurship and self-employment in the CLLD area.
7. Support for federation/cluster development for small businesses to collaborate for a range of outcomes including progression and retention of skilled people within the key sectors and businesses.
8. Tailored business support for start-ups and existing SMEs, including mentoring, coaching, information, advice and guidance, business planning, and signposting and information on skills, productivity and quality improvement support.
9. Contracted and delivering - Support for new forms of enterprise including social economy and social enterprises

Project progress

Update – 17th May 2019

ERDF 9 is now contracted and we are looking forward to working with Participate Projects to provide support for new forms of enterprise in Keighley, including social economy enterprises. This project will run, as will all our other projects, until mid 2022

ESF 1 and 2 (improving low level skills for Keighley residents, and pathways for integration and re-entry into employment) have an applicant progressing towards contract stage and we will be publishing more details very soon

ESF 4 (holistic family focused support addressing core employability skills) is now in its appraisal phase with an expectation of delivery commencing within the next 2 months

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