Future employment and skills training for disadvantaged groups: a successor to the esf

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
NCVO
Publisher
NCVO
Date of publication
1 December 2017
Subject(s)
Employment, Education and Skills, Young Offenders, Offenders, Disabled people
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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For decades the funding provided by European Social Funds (ESF) has provided critical support to many of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society often neglected by mainstream public services. However, its bureaucratic nature has often impacted on the ability of providers to deliver programmes of support to their full potential.

With the UK poised to leave the European Union in 2019, the government now has a once in a generation opportunity to develop a world-leading initiative that builds on the best aspects of ESF while addressing the design flaws which have led to excessive and unnecessary bureaucracy. To support this objective, this paper sets out the importance of ESF provision for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. It proposes a set of design principles to inform the development and delivery of a successor fund.

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