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Report: European Social Fund helps improve skills and work chances
Work and Pensions Minister Chris Pond yesterday welcomed a report showing the European Social Fund (ESF) is helping people improve their skills and their chances of finding work.
The European Social Fund Leavers' Survey 2002 report looked at the impact of training funded by the ESF Objective 3 programme on the qualifications, skills and employment status of participants.
The report found that people receiving ESF training increased their likelihood of being in work from 37 per cent on entry to the programme to 47 per cent on leaving it. This was increased by a further six percentage points, to 53 per cent, when the survey was carried out around six months later.
Pond said the findings showed that the ESF was making a difference to people's lives. "The European Social Fund is making an important contribution to our policies to promote employment opportunities for all. It has enabled more than half of the programme's participants to gain a qualification and increased their chances of finding jobs."
The research, which involved telephone interviews and postal surveys with 3,431 individuals who had completed participation between June and November 2002, also showed:
The European Social Fund is an EU fund which supports employment and training projects in the Member States. About £2.7 billion of ESF Objective 3 funding is available in England in 2000-06. The funding supports the following priorities:
Further information on ESF is available on the ESF website at: www.esf.gov.uk
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