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European Social Fund Cohort study (2012-2014)

European Social Fund Cohort Study

A study on the outcomes of individuals who received European Social Fund in the 2007-2013 has been published.

2.68 million people started ESF provision in the second half of the 2007–13 programme, and according to the study, satisfaction with provision delivered in the second half of the programme was higher than that recorded during the first half of the programme. 86 per cent of all participants felt they had received support that had helped them develop skills that are required in work.

Other findings

  • 61 per cent of all participants had gained or improved their basic skills such as reading and writing or mathematics and numeracy.
  • 69 per cent of all participants gained either a full or part qualification through ESF provision
  • 93 per cent of all participants had developed or improved soft skills six months after completing/12 months after starting provision.
  • 38 per cent of those who had been unemployed and looking for work upon starting provision were in employment six months after completing ESF provision

For the full report, and executive summary, go to the government website.

The study was carried out for the Department for Work and Pensions by IFF.