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The European Social Fund (ESF) aims to help people get better jobs and ensuring fairer living standards and job opportunities. It contributes to the EU and local ambitions for smart, sustainable inclusive growth.

Priorities for investment are:

  • Increases labour market participation.
  • The promotion of social inclusion.
  • Skills development of the existing, and potential, workforce.
  • Support for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), or those at risk of becoming NEET.

Key fund themes are: