PROJECT leaders are being sought for a sustainable employment initiative which should benefit SMEs across Lancashire.

More than £10million is being placed up for grabs as part of the European Social Fund scheme, Skills for Sustainable Employment.

Bidders are being asked to submit ideas which also promote skills uplifts, progression towards apprenticeships and the upskilling of female supervisors and managers through succession planning.

Disadvantaged communities countywide will be targeted by the ESF work, which is designed to not only boost productivity but improve salaries.

The focus will be on priority areas for Lancashire SMEs so some of the fields which will be covered by the project include advanced manufacturing, energy and environment, finance and professional services, the visitor economy, creative and digital, health and social care and construction.

The applications deadline is March 9. All projects will be completed before the end of 2023. For more details on applying, go online to