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European Social Fund 2014-2020
Introduction

The European Social Fund (ESF) is Europe’s main instrument for supporting job creation, helping people obtain better positions and ensuring fairer job opportunities for all EU citizens. To achieve this, the ESF invests in Europe’s human capital: workers, young people and all those seeking employment. ESF funding amounts to 10 billion euros a year.

                                                                                                            

Together, the European Commission and EU Member States set the priorities of the ESF and how to use its resources. One priority is to encourage the adaptability of workers by helping them acquire new skills, and enterprises by encouraging new ways of working. Other priorities focus on improving access to employment, by helping young students make the transition to the labour market, or training less-skilled jobseekers to improve their job prospects.

The ESF is not an employment agency and it does not advertise jobs. Rather, it is funding tens of thousands of local, regional and national employment-related projects throughout Europe.

In the case of Red.es management, all the specific European Social Fund (ESF) programmes are co-funded by the Youth Employment Operational Programme (POEJ), and the Employment, Training and Education Operational Programme (POEFE).

The ESF works in the following fields:

  • Strengthening employment and mobility: new pathways to employment, increased opportunities for young people, support to businesses and improved careers.
  • Better education: opening doors to learning, people who aim higher, and truly useful training.
  • Giving a chance to all: fighting marginalisation, promoting social enterprise and local partnerships, and inclusive approaches.
  • Better public services: more effective institutions and partnerships for progress.
Operational programmes

The European Social Fund assigns its financial capacity to different Operational Programmes. The following are implemented in Spain:

  • Youth Employment Operational Programme (POEJ)
  • Employment, Training and Education Operational Programme (POEFE)
  • Social Inclusion and Social Economy Operational Programme (POISES)
  • Technical Assistance Operational Programme (POAT)
  • Regional Operational Programmes (one for each autonomous community and city)

Red.es has been appointed as an intermediate body to implement projects on two of these operational programmes (POEJ and POEFE), with a budget of over 55 million euros for the 2014-2020 period.

Training and employment

Red.es develops training projects with a commitment to recruit participants, both under the Youth Employment Operational Programme (POEJ) and the Employment, Training and Education Operational Programme (POEFE), with the following characteristics:

  • Common goals: Training in the Digital Economy and emerging ICTs with a commitment to recruitment.
  • Common actions: Training in the Digital Economy and emerging ICTs, with a commitment to recruitment and/or self-employment or unpaid work experience, which will also help companies in their digital transformation by providing professionals qualified in this field.
  • POEJ beneficiaries: Around 7,700 young people aged 16 to 30 who are not in training and have not been employment in the previous four weeks. Preferably with studies or knowledge in ICTs or the digital field.
  • POEFE beneficiaries - Training with a commitment to recruitment: Approximately 3,900 unemployed individuals, including long-term jobseekers, people with studies, knowledge or professional experience in technical or digital aspects.
  • Common territory: National.
  • Common selection procedure: Public calls and tenders aimed at sector associations and companies.
  • Description of common actions: Both actions shall comprise the following phases:
  1. Training and selection
  2. Cross-disciplinary training in general skills and knowledge regarding the digital economy and ICTs.
  3. Specialised training in technologies, tools or services in the field of the digital economy and emerging ICTs
  4. Guidance
  5. No work experience
  6. Employability: As an employee or self-employed worker

In the case of the POEJ, all funds are committed by the call for grants of the ‘Youth Employment Digital Professionals’ programme until February 2020.

General and refresher training

Red.es develops continuous and refresher training projects under the Employment, Training and Education Operational Programme (POEFE), with the following characteristics:

  • Aim: Continuous and refresher vocational training in the digital economy and emerging ICTs.
  • Actions: Continuous and refresher vocational training in the digital economy and emerging ICTs, which will support companies in their digital transformation by providing professionals qualified in this field.
  • Duration: Between 40 and 80 hours of training, primarily in-person, in technologies, tools and services in the field of the digital economy and emerging ICTs (e-commerce, digital marketing, digital content and services, web development and apps, cloud computing and big data, cybersecurity, smart cities, virtual and augmented reality, the Internet of things, 3D printing, etc.).
  • Beneficiaries: Working professionals, both self-employed workers and employees, who require specific training to adapt to the digital transformation of companies. Possible sectoral approach for particular professions for which associations and companies are demanding special support in digital refresher training.
  • Territory: National.
  • Selection procedure: Public calls and tenders aimed at sector associations and companies.
Training and entrepreneurship

Red.es develops entrepreneurship training and support projects under Employment, Training and Education Operational Programme (POEFE), with the following characteristics:

  • Aim: Technology-based entrepreneurship training and support.
  • Actions: Training, consultancy, guidance and networking in incubation/acceleration spaces, actions to support internationalisation, and grants for implementing technology-based business projects.
  • Beneficiaries: Unemployed individuals, including long-term jobseekers, looking to start up a business based on technology or the digital field.
  • Territory: National.
  • Selection procedure: Public calls and tenders aimed at sector associations and companies.