£111m fund boost will help disadvantaged people gain skills

Work and pensions minister Chris Pond today announced an extra £111m of European Social Fund (ESF) money to help the most disadvantaged people in England gain jobs and skills.

The money is aimed at :

– helping unemployed people and those having difficulty entering the labour market

– providing opportunities for people at a disadvantage in the labour market

– promoting lifelong learning

– developing the skills of employed people

– improving women’s participation in the labour market.

Work and pensions minister Chris Pond, said: “A third of people joining ESF employment programmes have no qualifications and many have poor basic skills, so this money is going to the people who need it most.

“ESF funding allows us to improve literacy, numeracy and IT skills among those who are at a disadvantage, so their chances of finding a job are vastly improved,” he said.


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