The LIFT funding programme will invest in community based skills and employability projects through three strands:
LIFT Jobs will fund support for unemployed and economically inactive people in rural areas by assisting people to overcome barriers to work
LIFT Jobs will provide grants to enable organisations to engage with individuals who have barriers to work and move them into, or closer to employment. Since this is a bottom-up, grassroots programme applicants will need to demonstrate how they will develop and deliver individualised pathways to employment. Eligible activity will include work with unemployed people to secure sustainable work, careers advice for unemployed or economically inactive people and support for unemployed or inactive people to overcome practical or complex barriers to work.
LIFT Trials will fund support for rural businesses to offer work trials or workplace experience programmes to individuals who have no or limited workplace experience
LIFT Trials will provide grants which enable organisations to deliver tailored and personalised support for businesses so that they are able to offer a range of work experience to individuals who have no or limited workplace experience, and to engage with disadvantaged people in our rural communities. LIFT Trials will provide support to businesses to offer opportunities to people that they would not normally consider for their businesses, providing an alternative route to effective employment practices in local areas.
LIFT Skills will fund support and training projects for employees of rural businesses to gain skills to progress at work
LIFT Skills will provide grants which enable organisations to deliver tailored and personalised support for employed people in rural areas who need support to access skills training to progress in their careers and meet the needs of their employer. Grants are also available for staff training projects to support micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in rural areas in order to achieve business productivity and growth.