European Social Fund - Co-financing
What we achieved between 2005 and 2008
The City Council's 2005 - 2008 ESF Co-financing programme provided 11,823 unemployed or economically inactive Birmingham residents in the City's most disadvantaged neighbourhoods with employment advice, guidance and training. The gross value of the programme, including 45% ESF grant income, was £9.35m.
Of these, 2,541 entered employment as a direct result of the assistance they received. A further 1,247 entered further education or training, and 2,122 achieved some other positive outcome that increased their chances of obtaining employment
An interim evaluation of the programme was published in October 2007, a year before the end of the programme to ensure the lessons of the programme were available to those involved in designing successor programmes.
An equalities impact needs assessment of the programme was published in May 2008.
Achievements of the earlier 2002-2005 Programme
The previous City Council ESF Co-financing programme between 2002 and 2005 provided 16,792 unemployed or economically inactive Birmingham residents with employment advice, guidance and training. Of these, 3,388 people entered employment and a further 2,133 people entered accredited training. The gross value of this programme was £10.3m, including 45% ESF grant income. For moire information on this programme, please go to the ESF Co-financing Archive.
The new European Social Fund 2007-2013
There are now two ESF Co-Financing Organisations (CFOs) in the West Midlands Region - the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) through its agent in the region Jobcentre Plus and the Learning & Skills Council (LSC) in partnership with West Midlands Local Government Association (WMLGA) on behalf of the West Midlands Local Authorities. With the matched funding they will provide the resources available during the first plan period 2007 - 2010, to address issues of worklessness and improving access to the labour market for disadvantaged people.
The LSC/WMLGA ESF Co-Financing Plan, which accounts for in excess of £200m (including match) has been developed in partnership with the West Midlands Local Government Association (WMLGA) and West Midlands Local Authorities. The partnership approach is governed by a Joint LSC/WMLGA Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).
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