Employment, training and education - ESF

Programme description

Under the national Operational Programme for Employment, Training and Education, Spain will invest €3 billion, including €2.1 billion from the EU budget, to improve employment, training and education in Spain.

The programme will help to:

  • Reduce difficulties in finding employment for vulnerable groups.
  • Increase employment and job quality, and eliminate factors of inequality between men and women.
  • Decrease the risk of poverty.
  • Improve education and training and reduce early school leaving

The programme links different policy areas and favours synergies between the ESF and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It puts a particular emphasis on supporting the long-term unemployed and those furthest from the labour market, as well as on equal gender opportunities.

Expected impact

  • More than 1,000,000 people are expected to take part in projects financed by the programme concerning employment, such as incentive to indefinite contracts, orientation, for employment, promoting entrepreneurship or dual vocational training
  • Projects in the field of education target more than 500,000 people, and include increasing the offer of vocational training or fighting early school leaving.
  • In addition, some 100,000 people are to take part in projects related with social inclusion and reduction of the risk of poverty, such as integrated paths for social inclusion.
  • Finally, the programme will stimulate effective social innovation solutions to tackle social needs and promote transnational cooperation between social partners.




ESF: 2,331,555,324.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 3,312,169,360.00 €

Total EU contribution: 2,331,555,324.00 €

Managing Authority

Ministry of Employment and Social Security - Unidad Administradora del Fondo Social Europeo (UAFSE)

C/Pío Baroja, 6

E-28009 MADRID

+34 -91 / 363 - 18 00

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014ES05SFOP002