Federal Germany - ESF

Programme description

The German federal Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020 outlines the priorities and objectives to spend over €4.8 billion (of which over €2.6 billion from the ESF), contributing to creating jobs and strengthening social cohesion across Germany.

This national programme will be supplemented by 16 regional programmes that will address specific challenges in the Länder.

The main objectives of the German ESF Operational Programme at federal level are the promotion of employment, social inclusion and education. The programme will contribute to the following priorities:

  • 38% of total funding will be dedicated to promoting social inclusion and combatting poverty with a focus on the sustainable labour market integration of the long-term unemployed, the sustainable placement of migrants into employment or vocational and educational training, and improved access of disadvantaged young people to employment, training and education (including through implementation of the Youth Guarantee). Approximately 73,000 long-term unemployed, 150,000 migrants and 100,000 disadvantaged young people are due to be supported through these measures.
  • 33% of the funds will be invested in education, skills and lifelong learning. Expected results include the improvement of skills and qualification levels and widening access to education systems, supporting the transition from school into employment,including through implementation of the Youth Guarantee, and strengthening the capacities of SMEs in the field of vocational education. Approximately 100,000 young people and 71,000 employed people are due to be supported through these measures.
  • 25% of the available funds will promote sustainable and quality employment and support labour mobility. The main target groups are small and medium sized companies (SMEs), employed people including the self-employed, women and migrants. Expected results include improving the capacity of SMEs to adapt to demographic change, to overcome a crisis or to remain in business, better reconciliation of private and professional life and the recognition of professional qualifications obtained abroad. Approximately 260,000 SMEs, 20,000 (inactive) women and 18,000 migrants shall be supported in this context.

Programme text

Operationelles Programm ESF Bund Deutschland 2014-2020




ESF: 2,902,215,199.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 5,032,034,113.00 €

Total EU contribution: 2,902,215,199.00 €

Managing Authority

Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales

Rochusstraße 1

D - 53123 Bonn

+49 (0) 30 221 911 007)

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014DE05SFOP002