Next phase of European Social Fund begins

Published on Thursday, 18 November 2010 12:25
Posted by Scott Buckler

Helping some of the most disadvantaged and unskilled people back to work continues to be the top priority of the European Social Fund (ESF), Employment Minister Chris Grayling has said

Speaking via video-link at a conference in Birmingham to mark the half-way point of the 2007-2013 England ESF programme, the Minister reviewed the Fund’s achievements so far and looked ahead to how the next phase will support the priorities of the Coalition Government.

The 2007-2013 ESF England programme is investing around £365m per year to help unemployed and disadvantaged people in the UK back to work and to improve workforce skills.

ESF projects are delivered by a range of providers from the private, public and voluntary sectors, working together to meet the needs of participants. Activities include help with CV writing, job search support, interview techniques, basic skills and vocational training, pre-employment and work placement opportunities and support after people start work.

Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling said:

    "Today’s conference is an opportunity for us to review performance so far and set the scene for how we can ensure the ESF programme supports and adds value to our welfare reform agenda, including the introduction of our new Work Programme early next year."

Peter Stub Jorgensen, Director of Employment for the European Commission, said:

    "The ESF programme continues to be an effective and flexible tool in helping combat the effects of the economic downturn, boasting over 2 million participants in England and Gibraltar, already exceeding the target for the entire 2007-13 programme period."

    "Fund activities have helped over 180,000 young people move into education, employment or training so far. Overall, the programme is well on the way to meeting its main objectives and the European Commission looks forward to continued success and commitment in order to achieve all programme targets by 2013".

Source: ©DWP

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