European Structural and Investment Funds

Developing Scotland’s Workforce

The European Structural and Investment Funds are the European Union’s main programmes for investing in ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive’ growth in its member states.

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One of the funds, the European Social Fund (ESF), aims to help people improve their lives by learning new skills and finding better jobs.

For the period 2014 to 2020 the Scottish Government, as the Managing Authority in Scotland, received €465 million from the ESF.

Under this, there are three Strategic Interventions intended to improve employment opportunities in Scotland, one of which is Developing Scotland’s Workforce managed by the Scottish Funding Council as Lead Partner.

The key output in the Highlands and Islands is the delivery of additional funded places at SCQF level 5 and above resulting in increased numbers of participants leaving education with a high-level qualification.

The funding council has agreed a programme of work with the university acting as a Delivery Agent worth £30 million, funding additional student places and curriculum development activity from 2015-16 through to 2022-23.

The programme will support sector engagement activity to inform curriculum development and ultimately delivery of additional FE student places, HE undergraduate and postgraduate places and postgraduate research studentships.

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