Past Projects: ESF

Petroc has a long track record of both delivering and managing projects financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). Since 1999 we have successfully managed over 60 ESF contracts which together have a total value of over £28 million. Working with our partners across the South West we have supported over 18,000 participants. The list below details just a few of our more recent projects. If you are interested in working with Petroc on future ESF opportunities, find out about joining our Petroc Subcontractor Framework

Workplace Learning

Funding Stream: European Social Fund
Total Project Value: £3,500,000
Dates: April 2012 – July 2015
Partnership: Over 40 partners including FE colleges, third sector organisations and private training providers.
Geographical Coverage: South West excluding Cornwall
Summary: Partners delivered work-related skills training for low-skilled employees. The project aimed to raise participants’ level of attainment, enabling individuals to improve their employment status and to move on to undertake higher levels of training.
Impact: The project engaged with over 2800 individuals, with a high level of progression on to higher level training and further employment. Partners worked alongside employers and participants to ensure that provision was tailored to the needs of the individual and therefore offered them the best chance for career progression.

Flexible Fund for the Unemployed

Funding Stream: European Social Fund
Total Project Value: £1,178,500
Dates: August 2014 – July 2015
Partnership: 20 partners including FE colleges, private training providers and third sector organisations.
Geographical Coverage: BANES, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Plymouth, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay, Wiltshire.
Summary: The project was designed to offer unemployed adults a responsive provision to meet specific localised needs. It funded tailored interventions to raise skills levels in either specific localities or sectors, or working with particular client groups.
Impact: The project engaged over 1300 unemployed individuals across the South West. Partners responded to local need, plugging skills gaps in sectors such as care, construction and transport.

Jobs Education & Training (JET)

Funding Stream: European Social Fund
Total Project Value: £1,200,000
Dates: September 2013 – July 2015
Partnership: 13 partners including FE colleges, private training providers and third sector organisations.
Geographical Coverage: Devon, Torbay & Somerset.
Summary: This project engaged with young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) or those at risk of becoming NEET, to provide bespoke support to overcome barriers. The overall aim was for participants to progress to education or to employment with training.
Impact: The partnership engaged with over 600 individuals, of whom over half progressed on to further education, training or employment.

NEETs Reduction Activities

Funding Stream: European Social Fund
Total Project Value: £2,773,000
Dates: April 2011 – December 2013
Partnership: 16 partners including FE colleges, private training providers and third sector organisations.
Geographical Coverage: Devon, Plymouth, Torbay & Somerset.
Summary:  This was a partnership project led by Petroc to deliver bespoke support to young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) or those at risk of becoming NEET.  The aim of the project was to help overcome barriers and progress the participants into either education or employment with training, through a personalised programme of IAG, life skills, learning skills and work skills. 
Impact: The project exceeded virtually all of its targets and supported 1,619 individuals, with 629 young people achieving a qualification and 662 progressing into a positive outcome. Feedback from learners was overwhelmingly positive with over 76% rating their experience as either excellent or good. Capacity building activities also tested theories and new ideas surrounding the recruitment and engagement of the target group which would be of benefit beyond the life of the project.


Project Aims:The aim is to acquire key competences for students, starters and employees in VET in order to realize an added value for the labour market by training the workforce to become “intrapreneurs” (i.e. enterprising/innovative employees) or/and to open a new professional gate for (potential) entrepreneurs.

The project will develop an integral solution of key competence shortages by
- Spotting individuals strengths and weaknesses in key competences
- Formulating training needs in key competences to the assesse
- Train the individual/team in key competences
- Providing competence advice on the workplace

 To achieve this it will create a 'Skills/Talent identification' tool kit covering hard and soft skills (tangible outcome) based on

  1. An adapted “enterprise game” by BES (UK)
  2. An enterprising assessment tool by DAP-services (CZ) and Syntra West (BE)
  3. Enterprising soft skill trainings by RPIC-VIP to train employees, teachers and students (CZ)
  4. Publication on the enterprising competences for HR and training in Europe

Projects Eligibility
Enteur primarily involved staff from the partners involved within the partnership collaborating in order to develop the Skills/Talent Identification tool kit. The tool could then be utilised in either a classroom or workplace setting to develop entrepreneurship skills within any target group irrespective of age, gender, race etc.

Partnership and Funding
Enteur has been funded by the European Commission via the Leonardo Lifelong learning Programme (2017-13)

Lead Partner: Syntra West (BE)
UK Partners: Petroc; Momentic 
European Partners: Syntra Flanders (BE); DAP Services (CZ); RPIC-ViP (CZ)

For further details please contact Projects Office on 01271 852431

Project Specification
The Enteur project was a 2 year Leonardo da Vinci “transfer of Innovation” Project. These projects concentrated on a partnership working together to develop an already existent training resource (either physical or electronic) 

In the Enteur project, the partners developed an “Enterprising Skills tool which analysed the soft skills (effective communication, planning, problem solving, flexibility etc) of an individual in order to develop that individual’s skills and abilities in the area of Entrepreneurship. The partners worked together over a 2 year period to develop a series of generic key competence profiles required by an entrepreneur and used these to create a series of interactive training modules which could be used in the workplace and classrooms in order to develop the skills required.

Project Context
The EU funded Lifelong Learning Programme, which comprises the Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, Erasmus and Comenius Programmes, has announced the latest Call for Proposals running until February 2012. The various Sub-programmes cover all levels of education from primary through to HE and allow students, staff and workers at all levels to benefit from European collaboration and work experience.

The Leonardo Transfer of Innovation Programme specifically funds activities which transfer innovative techniques, technology or teaching materials between different countries, economic sectors. The Programme aimed to improve the quality and attractiveness of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the participating countries by transferring existing innovations to new legal, systemic, sector, linguistic, socio-cultural and geographic environments through working with transnational partners. Innovation transfer projects generated synergies by exploiting existing VET innovations.