Sicilia - ESF

Programme description

ESF investment in Sicily is targeting education, skills and social inclusion with the aim of achieving sustainable and inclusive growth.

The ESF operational programme (OP) for the Sicily region will target education, employment and social inclusion as priority areas. The OP has a total budget of EUR 820 million and its investment over the period to 2020 is expected to boost sustainable and inclusive growth and help the region meet national and EU employment and social targets.

Sicily’s ESF programme has identified three main investment priorities:

  • Over 40% of funding will go to projects to boost people’s chances of getting work through better skills and qualifications. Higher employment among young people currently not in education, employment or training and women are particular targets; and employment services will be modernised to better respond to jobseekers’ needs.
  • Social inclusion measures will receive 20% of available funding. These will target disadvantaged and marginalised groups with measures to help them access the job market and improve their living standards.
  • Ongoing improvements in education and training will receive support. Higher qualification levels, wider access to learning opportunities, more work-relevant courses and specialised training aimed at the needs of the local economy will all be promoted. A clear reduction in the number of unqualified, early school-leavers will be achieved. Lifelong learning as a means to improving career chances will be promoted throughout the island’s population. More than 30% of available funding has been earmarked for this area.

In addition, Sicily will invest in the abilities and skills of its public servants to ensure they can manage and deliver employment programmes for the benefit of its citizens.

Programme text

Programma Operativo del Fondo Sociale Europeo Sicilia 2014-2020




ESF: 615,072,321.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO10 - Education and training

TO11 - Better public administration

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 820,096,428.00 €

Total EU contribution: 615,072,321.00 €

Managing Authority

Regione Siciliana - Dipartimento Istruzione e Formazione Professionale

Viale Regione Siciliana 33

I-90135 Palermo

+39 091 7073147

Head of unit

CCI number: 2014IT05SFOP014