EU Structural Fund Programmes 2014 - 2020. European Social Fund. European Social Fund Background ESF Priorities 2014-20 -inc Social Enterprise and Social Economy 3. ESF Delivery Mechanisms. Background.
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European Social Fund
-inc Social Enterprise and Social Economy
3. ESF Delivery Mechanisms
It is planned to produce a skeleton of the ESF OP, proposing a draft architecture for the ESF programme by summer 2013.
ESF priorities are reflected at 3 levels
a) Promoting employment and supporting labour mobility
b) Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty (Note :Each Member State will need to allocate at least 20% of its ESF funds to investment priorities under the social inclusion and poverty Thematic Objective.)
c) Investing in education, skills and life-long learning
a.i) access to employment for job-seekers
a.ii) sustainable integration of young people
b.i) active inclusion
c.iii) enhancing access to lifelong learning.
Providing additional or more intensive support to help people to move towards work, enter work (including self-employment), and to progress in work.
Responding flexibly to employer demand in local labour markets where Local Enterprise Partnerships and their partners identify specific needs.
Innovative programmes for marginalised groups to help bring them to and support them in learning, such as new training programmes and support for young lone parents.
Providing additional and/or more intensive and flexible support tailored to the needs of people who are furthest from the labour market.
Complementing and adding value to other services and funds locally, especially helping those with more complex barriers (and in greatest need of a more consistent service offer and who may require extra support to access Universal Credit) closer to employment.
Support for activities to start and grow a business from promoting entrepreneurship (including social enterprises), self-employment to providing leadership and management training/advice within Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to develop internal capabilities and growth potential
Additional or innovative approaches to training in a vocational context for those with low level skills in Maths and English, to support them in finding work or progressing in work; and to enable them to achieve vocational qualifications and continue to upskill
Big Lottery Fund are in discussions with various partners about being an opt-in option.
Opt-in means that co-financers are ‘delivery agencies’ with LEPs determining what they want delivered.
The detailed BIS guidance (in July) will include more information on these elements, but in preparation Local Enterprise Partnerships and their partners might find it useful to start thinking about: