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ESF Programme 2007-15

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The European Social Fund was set up to improve employment opportunities in the European Union and to help raise standards of living. It aims to help people to fulfil their potential by giving them better skills and better job prospects.

 

The two key priorities for the scheme are:

 

Priority 1 - 'Extending employment opportunities'. This is through supporting projects to tackle the barriers to work faced by unemployed and disadvantaged people

Priority 2 - 'Developing a skilled and adaptable workforce'. This is to support skills development and qualifications needed in the workplace

 

European funding uses what is termed the “co-financing” model. The aim of this is for all funds secured from the European Union to be matched by other funds secured at a local level, hence increasing the overall level available to invest. In each area, the Co-Financing management process is handled by a Co-Financing Organisation (CFO).

 

Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council jointly manage a CFO for the Bedfordshire area as a shared service.  Between 2007 and 2015, approximately £4.4 million of ESF has been earmarked for local delivery projects.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Mike Colsell – European Social Fund Programme Manager

Tel: 0300 300 8000

Email Mike.colsell@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk 

or visit the Central Bedfordshire website

 

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Creative Bedfordshire

 

Bedford Borough Council Economic Development is currently working with Bedford Creative Arts to deliver a programme of monthly networking meetings, which aim to support the development of creative skills, new enterprise and business development of the Creative Sector in Bedford Borough.

 

The meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 123CREATE, Midland Road, Bedford, MK40 1DE. 7pm-9pm.

 

There is no need to book. Just come along to meet other creative professionals from the Bedfordshire area. Each meeting has a Spotlight on a different area of the creative industries, plus dedicated time for members to present their own activities to the group. Supported by Bedford Borough Council Economic Development.

 

For further information or to book your Spotlight Slot, contact Bedford Creative Arts on:

Telephone: 01234 818670, email info@bedfordcreativearts.org.uk or visit www.bedfordcreativearts.org.uk/index.php/events/

 

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