The European Social Fund (ESF) focuses on improving employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing help people need to fulfil their potential.

Our ESF allocation is €56.2 million and is split across the 2 following priorities:

  • Inclusive Labour Markets (Priority Axis 1)

 Including access to employment for job seekers and inactive people (1.1) – to help those who are disadvantaged but still relatively close to the labour market – to tackle their barriers to work, enter and sustain employment

Sustainable integration of young people (1.2) – to focus on helping young people, particularly those who are NEET or at risk of NEET to participate in the labour market and learning

Active Inclusion (1.4) – to help people who are more distant from the labour market and who face multiple disadvantages – to tackle their multiple, often complex and profound barriers to work and move them towards or into employment or to sustain employment

  • Skills for Growth (Priority Axis 2)

Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning (2.1) this focuses on improving the skills of individuals to meet their goals and the needs of the local economy, primarily training, advising or supporting individuals, including those in work but at risk due to skills deficiencies or facing redundancy

Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems (2.2) – this focuses on improving employer participation and engagement in learning so that it is responsive to the needs of the local economy and progress of the individual into or within learning. This investment priority is primarily about improving partnerships and systems.

ESF Future Open Calls

Our ESF Future Open Calls Consultancy Report is available to view here: ESF Future Open Calls Consultancy Report August 2017 or download from the bottom of the page.

Snapshot Guides

Here are snapshot guides on our fully funded ESF workforce support programmes and also ESF skills support that can help local people back into work or positive outcomes.

QuickGuide ESFSkillsSupport for Advisers (2)

QuickGuide ESFWorkforce Support for Businesses Nov 2018

Information on the subcontractors linked to our ESF programmes is also available to download at the base of this page.


There are three ESF funded programmes that can enhance the skills of employees in the LLEP area. To find out more, click on the ESF programmes update box below, followed by ‘Skills Support for the Workforce’.  You can also print off the pdf flyer below that is a snap shot guide for workforce support initiatives.

If you would like further information, contact Fiona Baker, LLEP Economic Strategy Manager (skills):

Click here to view the ESF Project Bulletin January 2018

For further information about the structure of the ESF programme, please see the downloads below.


ESIF Sustainable Development Implementation Draft Plan (281.62 KB)
ESF sub contractor list June 2017 (307.59 KB)
ESIF Equalities Implementation Plan (319.61 KB)
Research into ESF Future Open Calls Consultancy Report August 2017 (1.36 MB)