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London Councils ESF Programme

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Priority 5 - Borough ESF Programme

Priority 5 - Borough ESF Programme


The Programme will work under: ESF Priority Axis 1 – Inclusive Labour Markets – Priority 1.1 ‘Access to Employment for Job-Seekers and Inactive People - Improve the employability and skills of the long term unemployed and economically inactive people. Therefore, this Programme’s investment will support economically inactive and the long-term unemployed who are disadvantaged to tackle their barriers to work and sustainable employment.

The Programme will aim to:

  • improve the employability of the economically inactivity and long-term unemployed individuals, so that they can compete effectively in the construction industry 

  • provide tailored support for those with particular labour market disadvantage(s) (as detailed in the Participant Target Groups section of the Prospectus) to improve participants’ job readiness and sustainability in employment 

  • encourage inactive people to participate in the labour market and to improve their employability

  • achieve the training and qualifications required so that they can effectively compete in the construction labour market

Priority 3 - Tackling Poverty through Employment (European Social Fund match funded)

Priority 3 Tackling Poverty through Employment (European Social Fund match funded)

The London boroughs have commissioned six initiatives to tackle poverty across the capital by helping long-term unemployed and disadvantaged residents into work.  The programme will make available £6 million funding in total

The projects, which will run from September 2016 to December 2018, are as follows:


Borough Clusters




Winning Bidder


Hounslow, Ealing, Hillingdon, Brent & Richmond upon Thames



Disability Times Trust


Wandsworth, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Sutton, Croydon & Lambeth



London Training and Employment Network


Southwark, Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich & Bexley



MI ComputSolutions


Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Barnet, Harrow, Haringey & Hammersmith and Fulham



Paddington Development Trust


Enfield, City of London, Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets & Camden



Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service


Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge & Waltham Forest



Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service

  • The Poverty Programme is half funded by boroughs’ contributions to the Grants Programme. This is matched by funding from London Councils’ European Social Fund (ESF) Programme
  • London Councils receives this ESF from the Greater London Authority (GLA). The GLA operates within a framework set by the Department for Work and Pensions and the London Enterprise Panel.​

Priority 1.4 Community Employment Programme

Priority 1.4 Community Employment Programme

The 2014-2020 ESF Community Employment Programme, co-financed by Tower Hamlets Council and the European Social Fund, is now closed.

The Tower Hamlets ESF Community Grants Programme will address the root causes of poverty which create barriers to work, so more people move closer to or into employment. Providing a total funding package of £1.35 million in grants over a three year period.  There will be £560,000 of funding available for this first round and it is envisaged that up to 28 organisations will be funded.