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consultation on the european social fund in england and gibraltar 2007 2013

Consultation on the European Social Fund in England and Gibraltar 2007-2013

London Consultation Event

28 November 2006

overview of presentation
Overview of presentation
  • Purpose
  • Context
  • NSRF
  • Funding
  • Questions on the Operational Programme
      • Analysis
      • Strategy
      • Priorities
      • Innovation
      • Implementation
  • How to respond
purpose of consultation
Purpose of consultation
  • Inform development of new ESF Programme
  • Feed in views of partners
  • Consultation from 30 October 2006 to 22 January 2007
context
Context
  • New strategic approach – Lisbon agenda to boost jobs & skills
  • Reduced resources (from €6bn to €2.75bn) – more focused
  • Seven-year duration – flexibility to take account of Leitch etc
  • Partnership – respond to regional and local needs
govt response to nsrf consultation confirmed
Govt response to NSRF consultation confirmed:-
  • Single national programme for England
  • Two national priorities
      • Employment
      • Skills
  • Leading role for existing Regional Skills Partnerships
  • All delivery through Co-financing
  • Regional allocations
funding 2004 prices
Funding (2004 prices)
  • England ESF = €2.75 billion
  • London ESF = €436 million
  • Largest regional allocation in England
  • Lower than average reduction in ESF funds
analysis question 1
Analysis (Question 1)
  • Strong labour market performance, BUT
  • Low employment rates among disadvantaged groups and in deprived areas
  • 11% of 16 to 18 year olds are not in education, employment or training (NEETS)
  • Large numbers of adults without basic skills and intermediate qualifications
  • London has the lowest regional employment rate and highest regional inactivity rate
strategy question 2
Strategy (Question 2)
  • ESF will add value to:-
  • EU employment strategy especially recommendations to UK to
      • Improve job prospects of disadvantaged groups
      • Tackle skills deficits
  • National employment and skills strategies
      • 80% employment rate aspiration
      • Reducing NEETS
      • Increasing basic skills and level 2
  • Regional employment and skills priorities identified by
      • Regional Economic Strategies
      • Regional Skills Partnerships
priorities question 3
Priorities (Question 3)
  • 3 priorities for Regional Competitiveness & Employment Objective:-
      • Extending employment opportunities
      • Developing a skilled & adaptable workforce
      • Technical assistance
priority 1 extending employment opportunities
Priority 1 – extending employment opportunities
  • Improve employability & skills of unemployed & inactive people
  • Tackle barriers to work faced by disadvantaged groups, eg:-
      • Disabled
      • Lone parents
      • Older workers
      • Ethnic minorities
      • Low skilled
      • In deprived areas
  • Reduce number of young people who are not in education, employment or training
priority 2 developing a skilled adaptable workforce
Priority 2 – Developing a skilled & adaptable workforce
  • Focus on reducing numbers without basic skills & level 2 qualifications
  • Plus some limited flexibility to:-
      • Train to level 3 to address skills shortages
      • Provide higher level skills training in small enterprises
innovation question 4
Innovation (Question 4)
  • Some funding within priorities 1 & 2 for innovative action
  • But a lot smaller than Equal initiative
  • Regions will choose from a menu of themes for innovation
  • Consultation will inform the themes
  • Innovative action will include learning from other EU countries
regional esf strategies question 5
Regional ESF Strategies (Question 5)
  • Show how ESF can add value to existing regional strategies
  • May identify
      • Priority sectors
      • Target groups
      • Geographical areas
  • Link to ERDF
cross cutting themes questions 6 and 7
Cross cutting themes (Questions 6 and 7)
  • Gender equality and equal opportunities
  • Sustainable development – including environmental sustainability
  • Building on good practice in 2000-2006
other implementation issues question 8
Other implementation issues (Question 8)
  • All funds regionalised – no national projects
  • Review of Government Office role
  • Delivery through Co-financing
      • All through tenders > use of contract costs
  • Exceptions to Co-financing possible
      • In Convergence and Phasing-in areas
  • Want to continue funding for small community projects
      • “Global Grants” mechanism, or
      • Alternative approach
how to respond
How to respond
  • On-line and Word response forms at

www.esf.gov.uk

  • Deadline for response = 22 January 2007
next steps
Next steps
  • Submit draft programme to European Commission in March 2007
  • Start work on Regional ESF strategies and Co-financing Plans
  • Commission approval through formal Decision
  • Start new projects in late 2007 or early 2008