European Funding and Inclusion
ESF is one of the funds set up by the European Union to help combat unemployment and regenerate areas of urban and rural decline. The Funds provide financial support and job creation projects. Working in partnership with other organisations is the key to delivering successful ESF projects and the College has built strong links with South Lanarkshire Council, the voluntary sector and local employers.
Thanks to ESF, the College has been able to offer courses in childcare, construction, hairdressing, beauty therapy, IT and office skills in College and also in local neighbourhoods and this has made a real difference in people’s lives.
Assistance is usually targeted for those who are unemployed and who wish to undertake education or training to re-enter the job market and may include training allowances, travel expenses, additional guidance, tutorial support, career information, childcare allowance and tools/materials allowance and completion bonus. Eligibility criteria and financial assistance may differ according to the course.
The College has also received funding through the European Regional Development Fund to enhance its training facilities and improve wider access and learning support for local people. This funding has allowed the College to provide additional student services and state of the art training workshops which meet the needs of industry. The College building and its new extension have both been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Training and facilities at South Lanarkshire College East Kilbride are part-financed by the European Union.