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European Structural and Investment Funds

A significant number of programmes and projects across the UK are part-funded through European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 Growth Programme. These projects are listed below.

     

European Structural and Investment Funds

European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and community regeneration.

  • Building Better Opportunities - Community Fund and the European Social Fund jointly invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Youth Employment Initiative together with European Social Fund provides targeted support for young people in eligible areas to support with skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and community regeneration.

European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

In England, the Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for European Social Fund. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Further information on Structural Funds in England can be found here.    

Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Department for the Economy are Managing Authorities for European Social Fund in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.

Projects

The Prince’s Trust is currently delivering the following projects:

European Social Fund

Area: Scotland
Programme: Fairbridge, Get Started, Get into, Team
End of project: June 2021
Overview: Explore - The project supports unemployed and inactive participants domiciled in Scotland with multiple barriers to employment - minimum of two - to progress towards employment with a focus on Stages 1 and 3 of the Employability Pipeline. It supports activities that enable the participants to address the barriers that are preventing them from moving along the skills pipeline and allow them to progress into employment, education, training or the next stage of the Pipeline for further support.

Area: Northern Ireland
Programmes: Fairbridge, Get into, Get Started, Team, Enterprise
End of project: March 2022
Overview: Journey to Success - Supports 4991 young people and aims to reduce the number of 16-24 year olds who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.
European Social Fund Northern Ireland  Department for the Economy Northern Ireland

Area: Northern Ireland
Programme: Fairbridge, Get into, Get Started, Team, Enterprise
End of project: March 2022
Overview: Reaching Further - Supports 1160 young people and aims to:
  1. Reduce unemployment by assisting those furthest from the labour market to overcome their barriers to accessing and sustaining employment. 
  2. Combat economic inactivity by helping individuals to make the transition towards the labour market.

This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.

European Social Fund Northern Ireland  Department for the Economy Northern Ireland

Area: North East
Programmes: Fairbridge, Get Started, Get into
End of project: March 2021
Overview: An intensive employment support programme aimed at 16-29 year olds who are not working or training.

Area: Kent, East Sussex and Essex
Programmes: Get into and Get Started
Overview: Steps to Work - is part funded by the European Social Fund through the Department for Work and Pensions. The project will support 268 NEET young people aged 16-24 across Kent, Essex and East Sussex, targeting those furthest from the labour market, who face socio-economic barriers to employment.

Area: Lancashire
Programme: Fairbridge, Get into, Get Started, Enterprise
End of project: 31 December 2019
Overview: The Prince's Trust is a partner in the More Positive Together partnership led by Active Lancashire and part-funded by European Social Fund. Supporting 268 unemployed and economically inactive young people into employment, self-employment, job searching, education or training.

More Positive Together, European Social Fund

Youth Employment Initiative

Area: Hull
Programmes: Get into and Get Started
End of project: July 2022
Overview: The Springboard Hull and Humber project is part-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF) and is supported by the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce. The Prince's Trust is a member of the partnership led by Humber Learning Consortium and will support 152 young people aged 16-25 who are furthest from the labour market into education, training or employment.

Humber Learning Consortium  Springboard

Area: Tees Valley
Programmes: Fairbridge, Get Started
End of project: 31st July 2022
Overview: Tees Valley Pathways Programme will support 6,040 young people aged 15 to 29 years old across the Tees Valley who are unemployed or inactive with the aim of progressing the individuals into education, employment, training or self-employment. The programme is supported under the Youth Employment Initiative and delivered by a consortium of organisations from the Public, Private and Voluntary Sector. The programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural & Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

Area: Tees Valley
Programmes: Get into
End of project: 31st July 2022
Overview: Tees Valley Routeways Programme will support 575 young people aged 15 to 29 years old across the Tees Valley who are unemployed or inactive with the aim of progressing the individuals into education, employment, training or self-employment. The programme is supported under the Youth Employment Initiative and delivered by a consortium of organisations from the Public, Private and Voluntary Sector. The programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural & Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

Area: Liverpool City Region
Programmes: Fairbridge, Get Started, Get into
End of project: July 2021
Overview: Liverpool YEI supports 1,126 socially excluded young people aged 16-30 in Liverpool City Region who are furthest from the labour market, into education, training or employment. The project is part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative.

Area: Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP
Programmes: Fairbridge, Get Started, Get into
End of project: 31 October 2021
Overview: Youth Promise Plus, Greater Birmingham and Solihull YEI partnership led by Birmingham City Council is a project part-funded by the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative. As part of it, The Prince's Trust will support 2,700 young people on three key programmes: Fairbridge, Get Started and Get into.

Area: Coventry City Council
Programmes: Fairbridge, Get Started, Get into
End of project: 31 December 2020
Overview: Ambition Coventry, Coventry City Council YEI partnership, led by Coventry City Council is a project part-funded by the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative. As part of it, The Prince's Trust will support 170 young people on three key programmes: Fairbridge, Get Started and Get into.

Building Better Opportunities

Area: Greater Cambridge and Peterborough LEP
Programme: Get into
End of project: October 2019
Overview: Community Fund Building Better Opportunities partnership bid led by TCHC. The Prince's Trust will provide opportunities for 60 young people on its pre-employment Get into programme.

Area: SE Midlands LEP
Programme: Get into
End of project: July 2020
Overview: Community Fund Building Better Opportunities partnership bid led by Luton Brough Council. 24 young people will be supported on The Prince's Trust Get into programmes.

Area: Hertfordshire LEP
Programme: Strategic Cross Programme
End of project: September 2019
Overview: Community Fund Building Better Opportunities partnership bid led by Hertfordshire Council. The Prince's Trust will be a strategic partner to inform on key opportunities offered by PT programmes.

Area: Hertfordshire LEP
Programme: Strategic - enhancing Outreach capability
End of project: September 2019
Overview: Community Fund Building Better Opportunities partnership bid led by Hertfordshire Council. The Prince's Trust outreach integrated into the services offered by the partnerships to clients.

Area: Leicester and Leicestershire LEP
Programmes: Outreach and Get into
End of project: October 2019
Overview: Community Fund Building Better Opportunities partnership bid led by Voluntary Action Leicestershire. The Prince's Trust will support 126 young people through intensive outreach and participation on its Get into programme.

Area: West of England
Programme: Fairbridge and Get Started
End of project: December 2019
Overview: As part of the West of England Works partnership, The Prince's Trust will support 106 young people aged 16-30 who are furthest from the labour market, into education, training or employment. The project is part of the national Building Better Opportunities fund and is funded jointly by ESF and The Community Fund.

European Regional Development Fund

Area: Central Region
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: September 2021
Overview: Better off in Business will engage 3800 potential young entrepreneurs across 9 LEP areas who have the potential to establish and grow a business.

Area: Coventry and Warwickshire
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: December 2021
Overview: Through the Coventry and Warwickshire Council led 'SME Growth programme', The Prince's Trust will engage with 240 potential young entrepreneurs from under-represented groups who have the potential to establish and grow a business.

Area: Greater Birmingham & Solihull
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: March 2022
Overview: Better off in Business will engage 400 potential young entrepreneurs across Greater Birmingham & Solihull who have the potential to establish and grow a business.

Area: North East
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: June 2021
Overview: Through the Enterprise Support in the North East 2 project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, The Prince's Trust will support 174 young people aged 18-30 who have the potential to establish and grow a business and investigate the opportunity of becoming Self Employed across the North East.
North East Enterprise Agency

Area: Tees Valley
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: June 2021
Overview: Through the Business Compass Start Up 2 project, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, The Prince's Trust will support 155 young people aged 18-30 who have the potential to establish and grow a business and investigate the opportunity of becoming Self Employed within the Tees Valley Area.
The Business Compass Start Up programme, Tees Valley Business Compass

Area: Leeds City Region
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: June 2022
Overview: Ad:Venture will engage 600 young people aged 18-30 from under-represented groups in the Leeds City Region who have the potential to establish and grow a business and investigate the opportunity of becoming Self Employed within the Leeds City Region.
Ad:Venture

Area: Sheffield City Region
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: March 2022
Overview: Launchpad will engage 490 young people aged 18-30 from under-represented groups in Sheffield City Region, who have the potential to establish and grow a business and investigate the opportunity of becoming Self Employed within the Sheffield City Region.
Launchpad

Area: Greater Manchester
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: 31 March 2022
Overview: Excelerate Labs will engage 435 young people aged 18-30 from under-represented groups in Greater Manchester, who have the potential to establish and grow a business.

Area: Liverpool City Region
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: 30 November 2021
Overview: Enterprise Hub will engage 59 young people aged 18-30 from under-represented groups in Liverpool City Region, who have the potential to establish and grow a business.

Area: West of England
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: 30 March 2020
Overview: Enterprising West of England will engage 696 young people aged 18-30 from under-represented groups in the West of England, who have the potential to establish and grow a business.

Area: Devon
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: December 2021
Overview: Through the Heart of the South West Enterprise Coaching project, The Prince's Trust will engage young people from Devon aged 18-30 from under-represented groups, who have the potential to establish and grow a business.

Area: London
Programme: Enterprise
End of project: December 2021
Overview: Boost your Business is a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Boost your Business is an intensive enterprise approach across London delivering pre-start up support to 1200 potential entrepreneurs (aged 18-30) and assisting 300 new businesses to start up and grow.