Bremen - ESF

Programme description

Bremen is investing ESF funding to mobilise a larger and better skilled workforce by reaching out to unemployed and disadvantaged groups.

With a total value of EUR 153 million, the ESF operational programme (OP) for the German State of Bremen has several priorities, including raising the qualifications of lower-skilled workers and offering long-term counselling. Funding will also help to create opportunities and new perspectives for the long-term unemployed and those outside the jobs market, while disadvantaged young people will be provided more education and training.

Bremen’s OP has three main priorities:

  • Neglected groups of citizens, such as the long-term unemployed and those who are no longer seeking work, will be targeted with measures for qualification-oriented training. The aim is to mobilise these groups to join the labour market and the measures will mainly benefit those with few or no relevant skills. In addition, guidance and counselling will be on offer to ease their transition into work, in particular for women and migrant groups.
  • The OP will pursue social inclusion by devoting 40% of funding to promoting employability, equal opportunities and active participation. Restoring the job prospects of the long-term unemployed and helping to integrate disadvantaged jobseekers into society and the workforce are at the core of this priority. Some 5400 people are expected to benefit.
  • Projects in education, skills and lifelong learning will receive 31% of total funding. Equal access, informal approaches, upgrading knowledge and flexible learning pathways are among the main drivers. All age groups are targeted, with a particular focus on disadvantaged young people and adults. Also, young jobseekers will be helped with new approaches to the apprenticeship system. This priority aims to make a real contribution to boosting the supply of skilled workers for the future.

Across all priority axes, the ESF in Bremen will focus on those groups that are more difficult to reach and will achieve better results through intensified, longer-term measures, such as ongoing counselling, to help them. Additionally, measures under this regional programme should be complemented by activities from the federal-level ESF OP.

Programme text

Operationelles Programm ESF Bremen 2014-2020



Bremen, Kreisfreie Stadt

Bremerhaven, Kreisfreie Stadt


ESF: 76,161,404.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 152,322,808.00 €

Total EU contribution: 76,161,404.00 €

Managing Authority

Senator für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Häfen (SWAH)

Hutfilterstr. 1-5

28195 Bremen

+49 421 361 6340

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014DE05SFOP016