ESF in the South East of England supports labour market development and welfare to work in an area less seriously affected by the downturn than many others. Rising unemployment and redundancies have had an impact, but in the South East, poverty and deprivation tends to be concentrated in more areas such as the traditional seaside resorts, Medway Towns and isolated rural areas.
These labour markets tend to be disproportionately reliant on public sector employment, and with many of them poorly served by transport, will pose challenges for employment growth and labour mobility. ESF funding in the South East supports projects from providers including:
- Routeways to Employment in Medway
- The Shaw Trust in Whitstable
- Finding Futures and Headstart2Work which support young people in these areas who are NEET or at risk, back into school, learning or work
- DV8 offers experience in creative arts for young people in Brighton who are NEET.