European Social Fund - BeInspired

The European Social Fund (ESF) is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for 2014-2020. The ESF is funding six operational programmes in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Gibraltar, including €206 million for the Youth Employment Initiative.  Its aim is to help people get better jobs and ensure fairer living standards and job opportunities for all EU citizens to increase labour market participation, promote social inclusion and develop the skills of existing and future workforces.

In Cheshire and Warrington, ESF and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are supporting the BeInspired project.  The project has two priorities:

  • Engagement with young people - working with young people (15-24 year olds) who are facing obstacles to getting a job, e.g. long term unemployed, the economically inactive and those at risk of poverty and social exclusion.  It will provide pre-employment skills training, help in developing the skills, experience and qualifications they require for the transition from unemployment into work to help them achieve their career and employment goals, and support for progression into an apprenticeship, traineeship or further education outcome (see below for eligibility).
  • Employer/school links - Facilitating engagement opportunities between schools and employers in order to enhance the careers support that young people receive whilst in education. This includes the development of information, advice and guidance material that is particularly focused on encouraging greater take up of Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM) subjects.

 Eligibility for learners:

If you are 15 to 24 years old currently unemployed, not in training, employment or education; or have stopped attending school/college. Then the BeInspired project can offer you support to develop your basic skills, such as improving English, maths and Information Communication Technology, prepare you for work, for example interview skills and CV writing and help you:

  • Take up an Apprenticeship in the job or career you are interested in, for example: Engineering, or Media, Information and Communication Technology (ICT); or
  • Undertake a Traineeship so that you can ‘try out’ different career options; or
  • Get started on a course that will help you move onto college, university or prepare you for work, such as CV writing, confidence building or interview techniques.

For further support and help, please contact one of the Providers in your area:

Warrington area:

Warrington & Co - Jo Jackson on 01925 442 635 or email

Warrington and Vale Royal College – Pam Barrett on 01925 494 348 or email:

Cheshire area:

South and West Cheshire College – Karen McKean on 01270 654 654 ext 6225 or email

Total People – Jo Cooper on 01606 734 010 or email

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