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European Social Fund (ESF)

Across the EU the ESF is financing initiatives to improve education and training and ensure young people complete their education and get the skills that make them more competitive in the jobs market.

ESF programmes and projects are helping to improve performance across the whole education sector from nursery schools through schools and universities to lifelong learning and vocational training systems. They are targeting three main results:

  • Opening doors to learning
  • Helping people aim higher
  • Training that works

For more information on ESF rules and guidance visit