Social Inclusion and Employment - ESF/YEI

Programme description

Young people and those in danger of exclusion and poverty are at the centre of Portugal’s ESF programme for social inclusion.

The ‘Social Inclusion and Employment’ ESF operational programme (OP) in Portugal will address major economic and social challenges and contribute to ongoing structural reforms. The OP has a total of EUR 2.5 billion in funding, of which half will be directed at promoting social inclusion and combating poverty and discrimination.

The OP focuses on four areas: 

  • Improving access to employment and jobs and supporting workers’ mobility. It is expected that over 950 000 new skills and qualifications will be acquired by jobseekers and long-term unemployed.
  • Implementing the Youth Guarantee through the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). Some 44 000 young people will receive support to help them find jobs or enter professional traineeships.
  • Fostering gender equality, helping workers and companies adapt to change, and modernising labour. Around 30 000 people working in the social economy will benefit from capacity-building actions, such as training, in order to make the sector more professional and modern.
  • Implementing active inclusion measures, promoting equal opportunities, and providing better access to services for disadvantaged groups. Some 40 000 people with disabilities will get vocational training for suitable job opportunities, and the ongoing schools programme 'Programa Escolhas' will support 46 000 children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Throughout the OP, the YEI will receive particular attention to raise the profile and ensure focus and resilience in efforts aimed at young jobseekers. This nationwide Social Inclusion and Employment OP is one of 10 operational programmes involving the ESF in Portugal. There is also a "Human Capital" OP and several regional, multi-fund programmes.

Programme text

PO Inclusão Social e Emprego




ESF: 1,766,695,312.00 €

YEI: 450,306,345.00 €

Thematic priorities

TA - Technical Assistance

TO8 - Employment and labour market

TO9 - Social inclusion

Financial information

Total OP budget: 2,568,504,331.00 €

Total EU contribution: 2,217,001,657.00 €

Managing Authority

Agência para o Desenvolvimento e a Coesão

Av. 5 de outubro, 153

P 1050-053 Lisboa

+351 218 814 000


Head of unit

CCI number: 2014PT05M9OP001