Hamburg - ESF

Programme description

The city of Hamburg is deploying ESF funding to ensure it has the skilled, qualified and inclusive workforce the future demands

The operational programme (OP) is worth EUR 156 million of which EUR 78 million is the EU contribution. Jobs and skills are at the core of the OP which aims to broaden the city’s labour force to include as many new workers as possible. The OP will help over 43 000 citizens – more than half of them women – and will promote novel approaches for disabled people and marginalised groups. 

Hamburg’s priorities

The OP has three priority axes covering employment, social inclusion and education:

  • Jobseekers and the long-term unemployed will benefit from measures to promote more sustainable jobs. This priority will reach over 17 000 people and include projects to help reconcile work and family life and ease young people’s transition into work. In addition, vocational training and apprenticeships will support some 7000 young people, mostly with an immigrant background.
  • The ESF in Hamburg will implement social inclusion measures to improve skills and employment chances among groups that find it most difficult to get work. These include people with disabilities, migrants and refugees, ex-prisoners and young people. Some 14 000 people are targeted and there will be a special focus on disabled people suffering long-term unemployment.
  • Close to a third of OP funding is dedicated to education with measures to benefit over 11 000 people. Improved early education (in particular among disadvantaged urban groups) and support for disabled young people to move into work or training are among the aims. Projects to ensure that 90% of those participating in lifelong or vocational training obtain a qualification will help raise professional competences in Hamburg’s workforce.

Hamburg’s ESF measures are closely integrated into existing city strategies, such as for securing a skilled workforce and combating social exclusion in urban districts. Throughout the OP there is a strong emphasis on supporting female jobseekers to enter the labour force and working women to move into executive positions in companies.

Programme text

Operationelles Programm für die Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg 2014-2020





ESF: 103,091,727.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 181,267,998.00 €

Total EU contribution: 103,091,727.00 €

Managing Authority

Behörde für Arbeit, Gesundheit, Soziales, Familie und Integration

Hamburger Straße 47

22083 Hamburg

+49 (0) 40 42863-3995

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014DE05SFOP007