European Social Fund Projects for people out of work

As part of the European Social Fund (ESF), the following projects are available for people currently out of work. If you do not qualify for any of these projects, you may still qualify for one of the other ESF projects available.

Project Aimed at Based in
ASPIRE (Access to Success, Progression, Inclusion, Recognition, Employment) Anyone aged 16 and upwards, unemployed or economically inactive Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Area
Explore Enterprise 18-30 year olds unemployed or economically inactive including those with a disability, mental health needs, lone parents, women, educational underachievers, ex-offenders, those leaving care, refugees, travelling community, homelessness.  Throughout Northern Ireland
Exploring Enterprise³ Programme 16-25 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds, lone parents, ex-offenders, people who have been made redundant, young people and women Antrim, Ards, Armagh, Ballymena, Banbridge, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Down, Dungannon, Fermanagh, Larne, Londonderry, Limavady,Lisburn, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newry, Newtownabbey, North Down, Omagh, Strabane
Externworks Over 18s, homeless, ex-offenders and refugees Greater Belfast area
Jobmatch Long term unemployed; ex-offenders; ones with drug/alcohol problems; carers; economically inactive; unemployed; young people not in education, employment or training Magherafelt, Cookstown, Omagh, Dungannon, Ballymena, Antrim, Larne, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey
LEMIS North West People aged 16-65 who are unemployed or economically inactive Derry and Strabane District Council area
LEMIS+ Long term unemployed and those wishing to go back to work; care leavers; ex-offenders; people with convictions; the homeless; those with a history of drug and alcohol problems; people not in employment, education or training Newry and Mourne, Armagh, Craigavon, Banbridge, Lisburn, North Down and Down, Castlereagh, Ards
LEMIS+ Project All people of working age, both unemployed and economically inactive Greater Belfast - offices in North, South, East, West and Greater Shankill
Path 2 Employment (P2E) Unemployed and economically inactive people who are 18 and over  Belfast and Greater Belfast
PROSPER 2 Women aged 16 and older

Women's Centre, Guildhall Street, Derry

Waterside Women's Centre, Spencer Street, Derry

Skills2020 Unemployed and economically inactive Derry City and Strabane District Council area
Step Into Employment People aged 25 years and older Greater Belfast and Newtownabbey

Step Up to Sustainable Employment+


People aged 16-65 who are unemployed or economically inactive Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (Enniskillen and Omagh offices); Mid Ulster District Council (Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt offices)
Training For Employment Unemployed and economically inactive Throughout Northern Ireland
Women Towards Education & Employment Women aged 16 or older who are unemployed or economically inactive and who may also fall into one or more of the following categories: lone parent; migrant; those from minority groups; disabled/with health conditions; other disadvantage ( for example: ex- offenders, drug/alcohol issues and carers) Dungannon
Work Routes NI People aged 18 or older - those  furthest removed from the job market due to addictions, convictions, homelessness and so on Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council


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