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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.​