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What does the ESF do?

The European Social Fund supports jobs, new jobs and better jobs by financing many thousands of projects that help many millions of EU citizens. The scope is broad: from coaching the long-term unemployed and helping early school-leavers get a first job, to training for new skills, building better education systems, and helping the disabled find suitable work. The ESF helps you find the job you want, and get the training you need for a better future.

Read how the European Social Fund helps people like you to get a job, and to get a better job. Find out who to contact in your country to benefit from the ESF.

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Are you planning a project to support employment or social inclusion? Then find out about who to contact in your country for ESF support.

The public and private organisations that use ESF funding to support jobs and social inclusion are called ‘beneficiaries’. They include public employment services; charities that work with the disabled; and businesses seeking new skills; among many others.

If your organisation wants to run a project to support employment or social inclusion then contact your national ESF managing authority to discuss your ideas. You can find their contact details by selecting your country from the drop-down list on the right.

The ESF is funding tens of thousands of projects across the Union that make a real difference to the lives of millions of individuals – each with a personal story to tell. You can read about some of them here.

And our Press and Media pages contain a wealth of background material for you, including broadcast-ready VNRs, interviews and photos.

Further info in:

In Wales

Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)
Welsh Assembly Government
Merthyr Tydfi l
CF48 1UZ
United Kingdom

In England

James Ritchie
European Social Fund Division
N2, Moorfoot
S1 4PQ
United Kingdom
Tel: + 44 114 2677297

In Scotland

For the Lowlands and Uplands Programme:
Gordon McLaren,
Chief Executive
Suite 3, Forth House
Burnside Business Court
North Road
Fife, KY11 1NZ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1383 413141
Fax: +44 1383 413151

For the Highlands and Islands Programme:
Dennis Malone,
Chief Executive
12c Ness Walk
Inverness, IV3 5SQ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1463 279500
Fax: +44 1463 279501

In Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland ESF Programme 2007-13
Managing Authority Unit
Department for Employment and Learning
Adelaide House
39/49 Adelaide Street
Belfast BT2 8FD
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)28 9025 7667
Fax: +44 (0)28 9025 7646

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