The European Social Fund (ESF) Operational Programme is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme for England in 2014-2020. It will deliver the Programme’s priorities to increase labour market participation, promote social inclusion and develop the skills of the potential and existing workforce. It will incorporate Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) money for areas with very high rates of youth unemployment.  For more information visit:

Current ESF Projects at Cornwall College

  • ESF Projects Match Funded by Cornwall College


This is a collaborative project led by Plymouth University in partnership with The Cornwall College Group, Truro & Penwith College and University of Exeter. The Cornwall College Group aims to widen participation in higher level skills training within Cornwall. Through a variety of engagement, training and support activities the College will increase the numbers of people moving into further/higher education, employment, or taking their next step on their career ladder. For more information email the Higher Skills Champion at:

  • Co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency


Working in partnership with Serco, CCB (Cornwall College Business) has £1.2 million in European Social Funding (ESF), co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) from the Skills Support for the Workforce Project available to provide training solutions for businesses and individuals from all sectors.

Part of the Skills Support for the Workforce programme in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, the funding is supporting individuals aged 16 and over who are employed (including part-time), or unemployed (through recent redundancy or requiring higher level skills).