United Kingdom

England - ESF/YEI

Programme description

The England Operational Programme for 2014-2020, worth 6.4 billion euro with 3.5 billion euro coming from the ESF and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), will provide support to over 2.3 million persons. Investment will focus on increasing the employment rate in a socially inclusive way, improving the skills of the workforce and creating chances for young people.

The programme addresses the following priorities:

  • An inclusive labour market. Almost 60 % of the total allocation will be dedicated to help people into jobs, with a particular focus on disadvantaged groups like the low-skilled, older workers or people from ethnic minorities. Initiatives financed under this programme will also tackle youth unemployment in areas where it is relatively high. It will prepare young people for working life, in particular by reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET. Other measures will support efforts to reduce the gender employment gap. It is expected that the programme will help over 217,000 participants into work and get 78,000 young people into work, education or training.
  • Skills for Growth. Projects contributing to the development of a skilled and adaptable workforce and to increasing productivity will be supported. These projects will help people address their basic skills needs and develop the intermediate and higher level skills required by employers. As a result, an expected 140,000 participants will improve their basic skills and more than 300,000 participants will gain qualifications at level 2 or above. 12.600 SME and micro businesses will be supported in their business growth.

Programme text

European Social Fund Operational Programme England 2014 to 2020

Regions

EAST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND)

EAST OF ENGLAND

LONDON

NORTH EAST (ENGLAND)

NORTH WEST (ENGLAND)

NORTHERN IRELAND

SCOTLAND

SOUTH EAST (ENGLAND)

SOUTH WEST (ENGLAND)

WALES

WEST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND)

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER

Funds

ESF: 3,149,118,612.00 €

YEI: 319,576,848.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 6,393,516,763.00 €

Total EU contribution: 3,468,695,460.00 €

Managing Authority

ESF Division, Department for Work and Pensions

Level 2, Rockingham House , West Street

Sheffield, S1 4ER

(44) 1142948419

http://www.dwp.gov.uk

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014UK05M9OP001