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improve employment opportunities and help raise standards of living
help people to get better skills and better job prospects
help equip the workforce with the skills needed by business in a competitive global economy
The 2007 to 2013 ESF programme in England has 2 main objectives:
regional competitiveness and employment
The convergence objective aims to develop areas where the economy is lagging behind the rest of the European Union. In England, only Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly benefits from ESF funding under the convergence objective.
Regional competitiveness and employment
The regional competitiveness and employment objective covers all areas outside the convergence objective. It therefore covers the whole of England except Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Within this objective, Merseyside and South Yorkshire benefit from transitional funding as former objective 1 (improving education and training) regions in 2000 to 2006.
ESF funding allocations
Region or area
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
East of England
North West (excluding Merseyside)
South West (excluding Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly)
Yorkshire and the Humber (excluding South Yorkshire)