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European Social Fund (ESF)

ESF logoScottish colleges receive funding through our work with the European Social Fund (ESF), which supports employability initiatives like vocational training places for young people.



Subject to final approvals, SFC will extend participation in the Developing Scotland’s Workforce (DSW) programme into a second phase from AY 2018-19.

With the close of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) programme (AY 2017-18), the DSW phase 2 extension covers all colleges across Scotland, including those within the UHI network and those in the South West who previously participated in YEI.

In June 2018, The Council Board approved the proposed activity / funding commitments for the second phase, over the period 2018-19 to 2022-23.

The Scottish Government’s ESF Operational Programme can be found on the Scottish Government’s website, along with National Rules for the programme.

Programme guidance

ESF Developing Scotland’s Workforce


Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)

Developing Scotland's Workforce (DSW)

EU Exit and Scottish colleges and universities

SFC is working with colleges, universities and the Scottish Government to identify the potential impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on institutions, their students and their staff, and to develop plans which will ensure Scotland remains the best place in the world to learn, to educate, to research and to innovate.

Further information.