Sachsen - ESF

Programme description

Saxony is targeting ESF funding at its education system in order to boost opportunities for all and ensure a strong skills-base for the future

The State of Saxony in Germany is focusing its ESF operational programme (OP) at the particular economic and demographic challenges it is facing, including a growing lack of skilled workers. The OP concentrates largely on creating sustainable improvements in the education and training system while boosting employment. For the 2014-2020 period, ESF investments will total EUR 828 million including national funding.

The OP for Saxony has three priorities:

  • Boosting jobs and mobility, for example through encouraging self-employment and business creation. Vocational training projects will also help improve the adaptability of workers and businesses such that they can better thrive in a changing environment. There will also be a focus on building better links between academic centres and industry to capitalise on the region’s R&D activities.
  • Special measures will be deployed to combat social exclusion and help those at risk of poverty. These will be targeted at the long-term unemployed and disadvantaged groups, such as the disabled, through local micro-projects to give them more training and work opportunities. Informal measures to promote education, skills and inclusion will be launched in deprived urban areas within Saxony.
  • Over 37% of funding is earmarked for education and training measures, including lifelong learning. Projects will reduce school dropout numbers, encourage equal access to all levels of education, and bring improvements to the quality of tertiary education. The relevance of learning to the labour market is a key thread in the OP. In addition, funding will support seamless transitions between different elements of the education system – i.e. from school to vocational training – to help maximise the potential of each young person. Investment will also help to train more and better qualified teachers and trainers.

Getting young people into work, active and healthy ageing, and gender equality are common threads across the OP. Saxony is also introducing a novel, local approach to better integrate those from disadvantaged urban areas, especially children and teenagers.

Programme text

Operationelles Programm des Freistaates Sachsen für den ESF im Förderzeitraum 2014 – 2020







ESF: 662,701,657.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 828,377,076.00 €

Total EU contribution: 662,701,657.00 €

Managing Authority

Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr

Wilhelm-Buck-Str. 2

01097 Dresden

+49 351 564-8230

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014DE05SFOP012