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The European Social Fund (ESF) is Europe's main instrument for promoting employment and social inclusion in Europe. It complements national labour market and social policy in Germany. The funds will be targeted to improve equal opportunities for women and men in the labour market and to integrate disadvantaged social groups into the labour market.

The new ESF federal programmes for the funding period 2014 to 2020 have the following objectives:

  • Promoting sustainable and high-quality employment and supporting labour mobility
  • Promoting social inclusion and combating poverty and all forms of discrimination
  • Investment in education, training, and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning

The ESF promotes and supports better education, training and professional qualifications to acquire skills in the labour market

On the one hand, the focus is on young people on the transition from school to work. The aim is to integrate underperforming young people into vocational training and to strengthen in-company vocational training. On the other hand, training of employees and lifelong learning strategies are central concerns of the ESF.

There is a great need for information on the possibilities for further vocational training and the possible financing of initial or secondary training by the ESF.

The relevant ESF programmes are:

  • Education premium (BMBF), individual funding possible
  • Jobstarter plus (BMBF)
  • Possibly ESF programmes of the Länder

An application for funding cannot be submitted by individual persons. It is carried out in the various programmes through project promoters and the responsible institutions. It is also possible to contact an ESF project on site. The ESF 'Education Premium' programme is one of the few that directly supports individuals.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Rochusstraße 1

53123 Bonn

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

Phone: +49 228 99 527-0

Fax: +49 228 99 527-2965

Online contact form: https://www.bmas.de/DE/Service/Kontakt-Lob-Kritik/Kontakt/kontakt.html

Citizens' telephone of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to the European Social Fund

Tel.: +49 30 221 911 007 (citizen's phone)

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

Online contact form: https://www.bmas.de/DE/Service/Kontakt-Lob-Kritik/Kontakt/kontakt.html

Service hours:

Mon 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Tue. 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Wed. 08:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thu. 08:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Accessible access:

Sign phone via IP: gebaerdentelefon@sip.bmas.buergerservice-bund.de

Sign phone via ISDN picture phone: +49 30 18 80 80 80 5

Fax: +49 30 221 911 017

Email: info.gehoerlos@bmas.bund.de

In addition to the Structural Funds regulations, other legal bases are relevant for the implementation of the European Social Fund.

In addition, ESF support must take into account a number of support schemes that go beyond German eligibility law. This concerns, for example, eligible expenditure or compliance with the cross-cutting objectives set out in the operational programme.

Here you will find the EU Regulations (VO) on the current funding period and on the general legal bases.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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