The European Social Fund (ESF) exists to support skills, enhance access to employment and increase social inclusion.
Employment and skills are a cornerstone of D2N2's Strategic Economic Plan (updated 2019) which is focused on increasing the number of jobs within the economy and ensuring that businesses can access the skilled workers they need, both now and in the future. ESF will fund projects aimed at increasing employment and skills at all levels across the D2N2 area: higher level skills, entry-level skills and employability skills. ESF will also address disadvantage in the labour market and 20% of funds will be used to support active inclusion related activities helping those furthest from the labour market move closer to employment, recognising that the benefits of growth should be shared by all.
This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.