An introduction to EU funding for youth, social and employment

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European funding for employment, youth and social projects 2014-20

Lucy Ashdown MInstF (Dip)

Today’s Workshop

 New EU Funding Programmes for employment, youth and social projects 2014-2020 • • • European Structural Integration Funds (European Social Fund) ERASMUS Plus Other EU Funds  How can organisations prepare?

EU Structural and Investment Funds

 Support growth and jobs across the EU and delivery of EU 2020 Strategy  Comprise European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF), plus the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) in London

Europe 2020 Strategy

The EU’s strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

Headline targets:   75% employment (ages 20-64) 3% EU GDP investment in Research & Development    Achievement of the 20/20/20 climate targets (20% lower greenhouse gas emissions than 1990 levels, 20% of energy from renewables, 20% increase in energy efficiency) 40% of 30-34 year olds should have a tertiary degree, and reducing rates of early school leaving to below 10% 20 million people lifted out of poverty and social exclusion

ESIF Delivery Arrangements

 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) determining strategy for the use of ESIF  Proposed allocations in London: • • • £502m European Social Fund (ESF) £176m EU Regional Development Fund (ERDF) £37m new Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) Funding  Match funders ‘Opt in’ organisations  Total £1.35 billion programme over next 7 years in London including match-funding (EU provides 50%)  Programmes due to launch late 2014-early 2015

ESIF Priorities - Overview

Priority theme Skills and Employment Enhancing the competitiveness of London’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) Strengthening science and technological development and fostering innovation Investing in London’s infrastructure Indicative activities

• • • Freedoms, flexibilities, funding incentives Informed customers Employer engagement • • • • • Boost SME growth capacity Facilitate access to finance Trade and export Entrepreneurship Resource efficiency • • • • • • • • • Connect London Commercialising innovation Low carbon/resource efficient technologies Exploitation of digital technologies Unlocking growth in disadvantaged areas Research and innovation Business workspaces Ultra-fast broadband Low carbon infrastructure

Funding allocation

£465m ESF and £37m YEI £35m ERDF and £14m ESF £38.5m ERDF £102m ERDF

ESF Match-Funders

 Main match-funders • • • • Skills Funding Agency (SFA) Big Lottery Fund (BLF) – NEW!

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) National Offender Management Service (NOMS)  Other match-funders to be secured during implementation • GLA, London Councils/local authorities, further and higher education and civil society organisations  Each match-funder developing its own programme, approved by the LEP

ESF - Priorities and Indicative Activities

Freedoms, Flexibilities and funding incentives • Targeted employability programmes • Job readiness • Tailored employment advice • Basic skills • Progression to higher level skills • Targeted NEET programmes ESF Informed customers • Developing stronger links between education and business • Improving information on post 16 career pathways • Extending the National Careers Service Employer engagement • Developing quality apprenticeships and work placements • Skills for business start-up, self employment and entrepreneurship • Sector specific business skills for SMES • Growing the social investment market

ESF - Target Groups

 Women  BAME groups  Older people  Lone parents  Disabled people  Long-term workless  Young people aged 15 to 24  People with low-level or no qualifications  Disadvantaged families and workless households  Those earning less than the London Living Wage

ESF - Youth Employment Initiative

YEI programme areas

 London-wide youth programme will invest ~£129m (£73m YEI and £56m ESIF)  SFA main ‘opt in’; BLF and DWP will also deliver programmes  Co-production of specifications Preventative NEET NEET re-engagement Targeted NEET interventions (hard to reach/niche target groups) Capacity building for career guidance Employability skills Face to face guidance Promoting apprenticeships and young people to businesses Encouraging entrepreneurship skills Employment support for unemployed young people

ESF – Big Lottery Programme

 Ambitions • • • Improve access to ESF funding for civil society organisations £260m nationally To maximise impact of ESF funding Target hardest to reach  Challenges • ESF funding criteria, rules, etc.

 Approach • Expecting large (£5m plus) partnership contracts and medium sized contracts (£100,000-£500,000)

Getting Ready for ESF

 LVSC ‘VCS Assist’ project provides ESF capacity building, information & networking activities

• Contact Steve Kerr, Policy & Project Manager (Employment and Skills), 020 7832 5811 / [email protected]

 Technical assistance website run by GLE EU Service at


       EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport Supports personal and professional development, and learning Launched1 st January 2014 – on-going deadlines 14.7 billion euro budget 2014-2020 Very wide range of organisations can apply Strong international dimension Structure: Three ‘key actions’ to deliver across two priorities: education and training, and youth

ERASMUS+ Priority 1: Youth

Objectives Priorities Improve key competencies and skills of young people, in particular those with less opportunities

Promoting social inclusion and wellbeing, tackling youth unemployment Promoting healthy behaviours - grassroots sports and outdoor activities 

Quality improvements in youth work

Raising awareness of EU citizenship and rights 

Support development of knowledge and evidence based youth policy and recognition of informal learning

Developing basic skills, including entrepreneurship, digital skills, multilingualism Enhancing ICT based training 

Enhance international dimension of youth activities

Coherence between skills and qualifications across EU

ERASMUS+ Priority 2: Education & Training

Objectives Improve level of key competencies and skills, in particular in relation to relevance to labour market and cohesive society Priorities

Developing basic skills, including entrepreneurship, digital skills, multilingualism Enhancing ICT based training • •

Foster quality and innovation at level of training and education institutions

Enhance international dimension of in-vocational and higher education, and learning

Improving funding approaches for skills development e.g. partnerships/cost sharing Partnerships between VET and employers in growth areas, aligning VET policies with economic development Reducing low-skilled adults

Improve teaching and learning of languages

Improving attainment of young people at risk of early school leaving/low skills, including through high quality early education and care

Key Action 1 – Mobility of Individuals Overview

Large Scale EU Voluntary Service Events Study/work placements for students, apprentices, volunteers Mobility of learners and staff Joint Masters Degree/ Student Loans Teaching and training periods for staff     

Mobility of higher education students and staff Mobility of VET students and staff Mobility of school staff Mobility of adult education staff Mobility of young people and youth workers (13+)

E.g. KA1 Mobility Projects for Young People and Youth Workers

     Wide range of organisations can apply, including informal groups of young people Must involve at least two organisations from different participating countries (sending and receiving) Deadlines17 and 1 st th March, 30 th April, October each year Funding available for Advance Planning Visit for 2 days Formula contribution to organisational costs and travel costs

Three types of actions funded

Youth Exchanges for young people aged 13-30 for 5-21 days involving informal learning through mix of activities EU Voluntary Service for young people aged 17-30 for 2-12 months Young people with fewer opportunities - minimum of 2 weeks (organisations must have EVS accreditation).

Networking and training for youth workers participation in seminars, training courses and study visits

Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Best Practices - Overview

Capacity Building in the Field of Youth Knowledge Alliances Sector Skills Alliances Strategic Partnerships in the Field of Education, Training and Youth Aims  Promote innovation, exchange of experience and know-how between  different organisations Increased quality of learning offer and promote participation in learning

E.g. KA2 Strategic Partnerships

      Partnership – min. 3 programme countries (or 2 for projects in school and youth fields). 2 or 3-year project (6 months to 2 years for youth field) Max. grant 150,000 euros per year (mix of set and real costs) Coordinator applies to National Agency and manages funds for the whole partnership Deadlines: 30 th April & 1 st Oct Award criteria take into account small projects so they are not disadvantaged • • • • •

Types of actions supported

Exchange of practices e.g. workshops Develop, test / implement innovative practices Cooperation between regional authorities for development of fields of education, training and youth Encourage active citizenship and entrepreneurship Training, teaching or learning activities for learners and staff

Applying to ERASMUS+

UK website:

National Agency is British Council/ECORYS

Programme Guide plus/documents/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf

Sign up to new monthly ERASMUS + newsletter erasmus-newsletter 

Get advice

0161 9577755 /

[email protected]

MUST Register on European Commission Authentication Service (ECAS) to apply

Other EU Funding

Typical Features of EU Funding       Most managed centrally by European Commission (a few by National Agencies) Annual work programmes/Calls for Proposals Transnational Partnerships and EU added value Match-funding requirement Detailed online application proposals Typical activities: • Exchange of best practice and experience (workshops, conferences) • • • Innovative pilot projects Research and evaluation Training and capacity building • Awareness raising

Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme

 • • Aims to promote and protect rights deriving from the citizenship of the Union, including the rights of the child, women’s rights and gender equality. Objectives: Promoting non-discrimination and equality – combating racism, promoting disabled persons, ROMA & women's rights Protection of rights and empowering citizens – preventing violence against children, young people, women & vulnerable and promoting children’s rights  Funding: 439m euros (54m euros in 2014), 80% co-financing  Key criteria: Not all calls require EU partners, ~5 EU partners where required  Status: 2014 Annual Work Programme published

Programme for Employment and Social Innovation

 • • • Aims to tackle poverty and social exclusion through promoting employment, social inclusion and labour mobility. Objectives include: Improving access to the labour market Supporting development of effective social protection systems Promoting employment and social inclusion (especially youth unemployment)  Funding: 919m euros (100m euros for social innovation and policy experimentation). 2014 budget: 70m euros  Status: Annual Work Programme published

Asylum and Migration Fund

 • • • Supports the economic, social, cultural and political integration of citizens, residents or natives of countries outside of the EU and the European Economic Area. Objectives: Effective management of migration flows Supporting effective social integration of new arrivals, including asylum seekers and refugees Voluntary assisted return programme  Total budget: National Agencies, 3.2 billion Euros; Centrally managed: 637m Euros. 50-90% co-financing rate.  Status: Home Office is UK National Agency. Annual Work Programme due late 2014 with first calls for proposals in 2015

Funding Programme Creative Europe Programme (1.8 billion euros ) Europe for Citizens Horizon 2020 (80 billion euros) Health for Growth (446m euros) Summary

• • • • • • Aims to support the European audio-visual, cultural and creative sector. Three strands of the programme support: Individual mobility of creatives and their works Support for the audio-visual sector Access to finance for creative enterprises • • Two funding themes: EU remembrance Democratic engagement and civic participation EU research and development fund Support for researchers and partners, addressing societal challenges is a key priority (including health, energy, crime, transport, environment) • • • Promote public health and healthy lifestyles (obesity, alcohol etc.) Innovative and sustainable health systems Cross-border health threats

How can organisations prepare?

 Start small  Do your research to identify the most relevant funding streams  Access available support  Network to identify strong partners  Plan ahead – international projects take longer  Consider resources and skills required to successfully manage the funding

Access Support

GLE EU Funding Solutions (consultancy services)

: • • • User friendly briefings on EU policy and funding Workshops and training on writing successful applications EU partner search service Rights and Citizenship Programme Workshop on 1 st Contact to register: [email protected]

July is FREE.  NCVO European Network support civil society organisations to access EU funds

  • Newsletters and updates Funding Central partner zone

EU Programme EU website and further information Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme Programme for Employment and Social Innovation Asylum and Migration Fund Creative Europe Horizon 2020 Europe for Citizens Health for Growth 2020/rec/index_en.htm affairs/financing/fundings/funding-home-affairs-beyond 2013/index_en.htm europe/index_en.htm citizens-programme/future-programme-2014 2020/index_en.htm

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