European Social Funding

European Social Funding

The European Social Fund (ESF) aims to improve employment opportunities in the European Union (EU). It supports Member States’ employment and skills policies and contributes to the Europe 2020 strategy for jobs and growth.

The 2007-2013 England ESF programme is investing £2.5 billion in jobs and skills. Priority groups for support include young people not in education, employment or training, families with multiple problems, offenders and people with low skill levels.

Skills Funding Agency funded courses may be part-funded by the ESF.  Click here and see below for more information