Wallonie-Bruxelles - ESF/YEI

Programme description

ESF spending focuses on improved education and training, and better chances for young people and those facing multiple obstacles to finding work.

The Wallonia-Brussels Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) for the period 2014-2020 outlines the priorities and objectives to spend EUR 1.192 billion (of which EUR 614 million from the EU budget including EUR 36.6 million from the Youth Employment Initiative) contributing to creating jobs and strengthening social cohesion in Wallonia and Brussels.

The programme has the overall objective of raising productivity and increasing employment rates, as well as social inclusion, over the territories of Wallonia and Brussels. It will aim, among others, at improving training and education, at fighting against discrimination, and at better integrating the most vulnerable groups, with a particular focus on long term unemployed and young people. Investments will cover four main areas:

  • For a sustainable integration into the labour market of young people, actions will be implemented to offer professional experiences, to arrange for specific trainings combined with work, and, among others, to better manage the transition between school and professional life. Concrete projects will also address school drop-out and early school leaving. It is expected that as a result 18,300 young people will increase their qualifications, 15,600 will be directed to further education paths, and around 18,000 will have found a job.
  • Some 38% of the ESF allocation are earmarked for the social and professional integration of the most deprived and those far away from the labour market. The actions developed should decrease the effects of stigmatisation linked to poverty, poor educational attainment, ethnic origin or sexual identity. Individual accompanying measures for access to insertion and training should put 12,400 disadvantaged people back on track of the job search, education or work.
  • Another 35% of the ESF allocation are directed at improving education and training systems for all. A particular focus will be put on the valorisation of technical education and manual professions, as well as on higher education in areas with high added-value. These measures should also have a positive effect on the employability of the long term unemployed as well as the competitiveness of companies.
  • With a view to fostering business and creativity, an emphasis will be put on increasing qualifications of jobseekers to facilitate their access to the labour market, as well as on supporting workers to adapt to technological evolutions in terms of employment, job skills and qualifications. Actions encouraging self-employment, entrepreneurship, lifelong learning and support to innovation will also be implemented.

Programme text

Programme opérationnel FSE Wallonie-Bruxelles





ESF: 525,929,050.00 €

YEI: 108,384,390.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 1,214,434,685.00 €

Total EU contribution: 634,313,440.00 €

Managing Authority

Ministre Président du Gouvernement Wallon

Rue Mazy 25

5100 Jambes

+32 (081) 33.14.95

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014BE05M9OP001