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Festival of Learning ESF nominations are now open.

01 Feb 2016 by NOMS-CFO

Festival of Learning celebrate the many benefits learning can have for everyone, and recognise individuals, tutors, employers and projects where learning has changed lives.

You can nominate within any of the following four categories. Awards within these categories include Young Adult Learner, Learning for Work, Social Impact, Outstanding Individual, Patron's and President's awards. Nominations close at 5pm, Friday 31 March 2017. Please email CFO-publicity@noms.gsi.gov.uk with nominations.

Building on the success of 24 years of Adult Learners’ Week, The Festival of Learning is a national celebration of lifelong learning organised by the Learning and Work Institute. There will be awards specifically for learners and projects funded through the European Social Fund.

There will be awards for outstanding individual learners, young adult learners, innovative projects and provision

ESF Cross Cutting Theme Awards.

1 December 2016 by NOMS-CFO

The 2016 ESF (Equality and Sustainable Development) Leader Awards took place on the 17th November at the NEC Skills Show in Birmingham. The awards celebrated ESF projects who ‘go the extra mile’ in promoting equal opportunities and sustainable development. The awards aim to move the ESF mainstreaming agenda forward by promoting the award winners’ good practice with other partners across the programme.

The categories of the awards, Mainstreaming Leader and Mainstreaming Leader Specialist Project, reflect the dual approach to mainstreaming which the ESF program promotes by:

  • requiring providers to have policies and action plans to promote equality and sustainable development
  • using ESF funds to support a range of niche and specialist projects which either target specific disadvantaged groups or which have an environmental or “green” focus in promoting jobs and skills

NOMS CFO nominated two prime providers for each category for their ongoing commitment to Sustainable Development and Equality and are happy to announce the winners were;

  • Ixion Holdings- Category A1: ESF Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Leader (policy and plan)
  • Ixion Holdings- Category A2: ESF Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Leader (specialist project)
  • Achieve North West Connect- Category B1 : ESF Sustainable Development Mainstreaming Leader (policy and plan)

NOMS CFO would like to congratulate all the nominees and award winners and thank you for your contribution.

Festival of Learning winners story online.

14 September 2016 by NOMS-CFO

European Social Fund Outstanding Individual Learner Award Winner annouced. Click here to read the full article

Festival of Learning ESF nominations are now open.

22 April 2016 by NOMS-CFO

Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners’ Week) is a national celebration of lifelong learning, with 'Have a Go' learning events taking place during May and June.

Nominations for this year’s awards have now opened and we are seeking your support to help identify and attract as many eligible ESF nominations as possible (given this year’s awards fall across two programme periods.) The closing date is 20th May 2016. Please email CFO-publicity@noms.gsi.gov.uk with nominations. Click here for more information

Building on the success of 24 years of Adult Learners’ Week, The Festival of Learning is a national celebration of lifelong learning organised by the Learning and Work Institute. There will be awards specifically for learners and projects funded through the European Social Fund.

There will be awards for outstanding individual learners, young adult learners, innovative projects and provision

Employment Minister Priti Patel launches the £2.5 billion European Social Fund (ESF) programme for England at Styal prison in Cheshire.

26 January 2016 by NOMS-CFO

Employment Minister Priti Patel announced the programme

The official launch of the ESF 2014-2020 programme for England took place on Monday (25th January). Employment Minister Priti Patel announced the programme, which will fund employment, skills and inclusion projects - including support for offenders both in custody and in the community - during her visit to HMP Styal which is receiving ESF funding to help female prisoners get ready for the world of work.

"There is no better place to launch this funding than HMP Styal, where the money is already having such a positive effect. The funding announced today will support countless projects which are reaching out to people just like this one. It is an inspirational example of how the funding can change lives and move people closer to employment."

Employment Minister Priti Patel


More information available from the offical press release.

July 2015

The CFO3 provision for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 Operational Programme is now delivering throughout England.

March 2015

The CFO3 provision for the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 Operational Programme tender process has concluded, with contracts awarded in nine Economic Contract Areas (ECAs). For more information on the awarded contracts, click here.