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
Building Your Future Unemployed and economically inactive people West Belfast and Lisburn areas
Causeway Learn to Earn Unemployed and economically inactive people Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Area
Exploring Enterprise Programme Unemployed and economically inactive people from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged communities and underrepresented groups such as lone parents, ex-offenders, people who have been made redundant, young people and women Throughout Northern Ireland
Extern Works Medium to high risk offenders - current and non current; medium to high risk offenders on probationary license; medium health offenders in secure units; homeless individuals; refugees; black and minority ethnic women (including those within the criminal justice system) and individuals with learning disabilities and difficulties. Greater Belfast area
Jobmatch Long term unemployed; ex-offenders; people with drug/alcohol problems; carers; economically inactive; unemployed. Magherafelt, Cookstown, Omagh, Dungannon, Ballymena, Antrim, Larne, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey
Learning Northwest Unemployed and economically inactive people Greater Derry City area
LEMIS+ Long-term and short-term unemployed and those economically inactive aged 16 years and older who are wishing to go back to work 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
Manufacturing Skills for Industry (European Social Fund project) Unemployed and economically inactive people Greater Belfast area
Path 2 Employment (P2E) Unemployed and economically inactive people who are 18 and over  Belfast and Greater Belfast, and Antrim and Newtownabbey
PROSPER 3 Women aged 18 and older

Women's Centre, Guildhall Street, Derry

Waterside Women's Centre, Spencer Street, Derry

Reaching Further 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, marginalised groups, homeless and those at risk of homelessness Throughout Northern Ireland
Recruit+ Economically inactive people who are on the autism spectrum Throughout Northern Ireland
Skills North West Project People who are unemployed (including long-term unemployed), economically inactive, ex-offenders, socially excluded, lone parents, experience traditional or cultural worklessness, and those with low or no qualifications Derry City and Strabane District Council area
Step Into Employment Unemployed aged 25 to 59 years old Greater Belfast and Newtownabbey
STEP UP Project Unemployed and economically inactive women including their children  Bangor area

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 people Throughout Northern Ireland
Women Towards Education & Employment Women aged 18 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 and surrounding areas
Working Well People who have offended and who are unemployed (including long-term unemployed) or economically inactive Throughout Northern Ireland


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