Bayern - ESF

Programme description

Bavaria’s ESF programme is boosting its workforce by focusing on skills and opportunities for those from peripheral groups such as the young, old or excluded

The ESF operational programme (OP) for the German State of Bavaria aims to reach over 170 000 people, in particular younger and older citizens and those from disadvantaged groups. The OP has a volume of EUR 596 million, including EU financing of over EUR 297 million. Bavaria’s main objective for ESF support is to secure the next generation of skilled workers and to activate all sources of labour in order to meet the challenges of demographic change.

Spreading the employment net

To bring more of its citizens into the workforce and give them the skills to succeed, Bavaria has set out three priorities for action:

  • Over half of the funding is dedicated to creating a skilled workforce and sustainable jobs. Some 123 000 young people in the transition from education to work are the main target, and in particular those facing difficulties and disadvantages. Reinforcing skills and promoting apprenticeships are among the activities, as are matching jobseekers to employers and supporting SMEs and craft professions. Female jobseekers are a further target for support, such as mothers seeking to get back to work.
  • Projects reaching out to support those at risk of social exclusion or poverty will be supported. Focusing on groups such as the long-term unemployed, migrants, the disabled and older people, the objective is to improve their employment and social situation. Useful skills and qualifications will help boost the employability and life chances of members of these disadvantaged groups.
  • The ESF in Bavaria will invest in education, training and vocational training projects for skills and lifelong learning. These will support 24 550 young people including 69% from migrant backgrounds. A key target will be to reduce the number of school drop-outs and improve the performance of pupils, especially migrant children who struggle in school.

As well as the emphasis on young people, the OP includes novel aspects such as a cross-cutting emphasis on supporting elderly people, promoting local solutions to demographic challenges, and a strong focus on activating young refugees, asylum seekers and those with a migrant background.

Programme text

Operationelles Programm ESF 2014-2020 des Freistaats Bayern




ESF: 297,878,586.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 595,757,172.00 €

Total EU contribution: 297,878,586.00 €

Managing Authority

Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Arbeit und Sozialordnung, Familie und Frauen

Winzerstr. 9

80797 München

+49 (0) 89 1261 1514

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014DE05SFOP004