European Social Fund (ESF)

The European Social Fund (ESF), commonly referred to as 'ESF funding' is money that is set aside by the European Union (EU) for supporting employment across EU member states. The money is spent on a variety of projects to help keep the job markets buoyant with a great proportion being spent on training. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to upskill your employees; check below to see if you or your business are eligible.


ESF funded NVQs


Fully Funded NVQs - ESF Funding

The currently fully funded NVQs are Level 2 Construction, Plant, Administration and Leadership. These are the areas we provide ESF funded NVQs in.

  • Black Country 
  • Greater Lincolnshire 
  • York, North Yorkshire & East Riding


Funding may be available in the following areas, please contact us if you have any requirements:

  • Cheshire & Warrington 
  • Tees Valley


If you are looking to access funding to gain a recognised NVQ qualification and CSCS or CPCS card we can help.

Blue CSCS and blue CPCS cards next to eachother


ESF Funding For Further Progression

There is an opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 NVQ in Occupational Work Supervision to gain your CSCS Gold Supervisors card:

Supervisor Card for funded NVQs


Funded Training Courses – Black Country & Greater Lincolnshire

We can now provide fully funded training courses for SME’s based in Black Country and Greater Lincolnshire.  The free public courses we are currently running at our Birmingham and Lincoln venue are:

  • UKATA Asbestos Awareness
  • Face Fit Train the Tester
  • Fire Extinguisher Training

Places will be reserved on a ‘first come-first served’ basis and upon successful eligibility checks.

For further information on course availability and dates for our free courses please contact us.


Am I Eligible For ESF Funding? 

We can provide Construction SMEs with less than 250 employees with free Level 2 NVQs in Plant Operations, Construction, and Administration and Leadership through our Skills Support for the Workforce programme, funded by the European Social Fund.

Participants must be legally resident in the UK or able to take employment in a European Union Member State. Employers or participants must be based within one of the following regions below and at the required age limit:

  • Black Country – Aged 16 or over
  • Cheshire & Warrington – Aged 20 and over
  • East Riding of Yorkshire – Aged 19 and over
  • Greater Lincolnshire – Aged 16 and over
  • Tees Valley - Aged 19 and over


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