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The Mayor's European Social Fund (ESF) 2019 - 2023 Programme

The opportunities for Round 1 have now closed, details relating to funding opportunities for Rounds 2 & 3 will be announced in due course.

This programme will deliver a mixture of skills and employment projects to; support unemployed adults and young people into further training and sustained jobs, and, help employed people on low pay to progress in work through skills development.

This programme is being contracted through Transport for London (TfL). For more information visit the portal, and access the Prior Information Notice (PIN). You can also view the presentation and questions and answers from an information session held on 13 December 2018.

Early Engagement Events for Rounds 2 and 3 of the Mayor’s (ESF)

2019 – 2023 Programme

A series of Engagement Events are being held in relation to the projects comprising Rounds 2 and 3 of this programme. These will give stakeholders an opportunity to; provide their views on the proposed project deliverables, and, network prior to the tenders launching.

The first of these events were held at City Hall on 6 September 2019  (Ex-Offenders and Homelessness) and 22 October 2019 (Parental Employment). The presentation slides and feedback points from these events can be found below. Future events will be promoted to those organisations who have registered; on the ESF Mailing List, or, an interest in the Mayor’s ESF 19-23 Programme on ProContract.

Round 2

Ex-offenders and Homelessness Engagement Event

6 September 2019

Parental Employment Engagement Event

22 October 2019

Closed opportunities

Head 2Work

This £794,000 project will support young Londoners aged 18 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training  (NEET) and will help their transition into sustained employment, education or training.

Creative Enterprise Zones: Tottenham

The Creative Enterprise Zones: Tottenham Enterprise and Skills project will support employees of businesses in the Tottenham Creative Enterprise Zone to up-skill and progress in work. It will also help creative businesses and education organisations to collaborate on creative training programmes and improve pathways into the industry

Start Up, Step Up London

The LEAP Growth Hub Start Up, Step Up London programme seeks to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, supporting people into business creation or employment. The programme will also help SMEs, start-ups and micros to grow their businesses and will support under-represented groups, particularly women, into leadership and management roles.

Higher Level Digital Skills

The Higher Level Digital Skills programme aims to improve the labour market relevance of higher level digital skills training in London.  The project will fund a suite of collaborative activities between startups, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), micro-enterprises (micros) and higher level digital skills providers.

Early Years Leaders

Early Years Leaders was put out for tender in May 2018. Following an unsuccessful procurement, and marketplace consultation, the decision was made to withdraw the ESF match funding. Read information on the resulting Early Years Leaders programme.

Haringey Higher Level Skills

The Haringey Higher Level Skills project will put Haringey residents on the pathway to gaining full qualifications, and in doing so place them in a better position to secure the higher level jobs that are a significant and increasing feature of the London labour market.  The project has a specific focus on Haringey residents living in the most deprived parts of the borough.


2Work will support 18-24 year olds.  This project will support young people to access a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and experiences from the world of work, with a view to raising their aspirations and levels of work experience, and helping them gain the skills to move into, and sustain education, employment or training.

Getting Back on Track

Getting Back on Track will support young people who have recently dropped out from their level 2/3 studies at school or college. The preferred supplier will work in partnership with sixth-form and FE educational establishments to identify, engage with, and provide immediate support to their early leavers so they successfully enter and sustain employment or return to education.

Care Leavers into Work

Care Leavers into Work will support 16-24 year old care leavers into sustained employment. The preferred supplier will support care leavers to access a wide variety of experiences from the world of work, with a view to raising their aspirations and levels of work experience, and helping them gain the skills to move into, and sustain work.

Forces For Good

Forces For Good will support Veterans and Early Service Leavers (ESL’s) in London from across the services to access a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and employer experiences.

These will expand participants' views of their potential educational and work opportunities, enable them to access volunteering opportunities and work experience, and help them gain the skills to move into, and sustain education, employment or training.

Digital Skills Training

Digital Skills Training aims to equip unemployed and ‘at risk’ young Londoners for employment in London’s increasingly digital economy.

This funding will support new digital training opportunities that help  young people aged 16-24 years old move into sustained employment, education or training and will help plug a growing talent gap in digital, technology and creative entry-level occupations with diverse, ‘home-grown’ talent.

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