European Social Fund

ESF LogoProspects provides a variety of contracts on behalf of various commissioners. Some of Prospects work is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF funding is used to reduce inactivity among young people and the long-term unemployed and to improve training and skills. It is also investing in education and lifelong learning, and is promoting social inclusion by fighting poverty and discrimination. Read more about the ESF.

The contracts which Prospects provides which receive ESF finance, in part or full, are:

Building Better Opportunities – ‘Progress’

Prospects is a delivery partner in Warwick and Stratford Districts for a programme of coaching and support to provide young people across Coventry and Warwickshire who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) and at risk of NEET access training and employment opportunities.

‘Progress’, is a part of ‘Building Better Opportunities’ - a programme funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, to tackle poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England.

The programme has been designed to help young people aged 15 – 24 improve their chances of employment by offering them coaching support and bespoke activities in order to build skills and confidence and ultimately put them on the right path to a successful future.

To find out more about Progress, the Partnership and for all the latest news stories, updates and case studies please visit the Progress website:

Improve your Prospects

This programme is for 15-19 year olds (or up to 24 years for those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities) who are Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) or are at risk of becoming NEET. This programme is provided in the Leeds City Region areas of Wakefield, Calderdale and York, Craven, Selby and Harrogate.

Prospects also deliver Improve Your Prospects through York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP with delivery in Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale and the coast.

We deliver a CEIAG programme in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding providing support to 15-24 year olds who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET providing personalised careers advice and guidance and employability skills to help young people progress into education, employment, apprenticeships, traineeships or volunteering.

CALM (careers and learning mentoring)

Prospects provides the outreach part of The London ESF Youth Programmes for young people aged 16 – 24.CALM uses interventions to move young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET into sustainable employment, education or training. Prospects delivers CALM across West, South and Central London. Through innovative interventions Prospects and its supply chain partners improve young people’s current and future careers opportunities using digital media experiences that provide virtual college modules. Participants earn digital badges for module completion. The learning programme offers a menu of activities to meet individual needs, including work/college tasters; personal development sessions to address issues such as mental health, homelessness, parenting skills, drug and alcohol abuse; ‘Meet the Boss’ – employers’ expectations; hearing from young workers/apprentices; literacy and numeracy.

Bounce Back

Targeted support for young people aged 16 – 18, facing particular barriers or issues affecting their transition into education, employment or training. The programme also works with young people aged 15-24 who are at risk of becoming NEET. Prospects, with its supply chain partners, provides Bounce Back across West and North East London offering a similar programme to CALM.

Overview of Careers Clusters

The broad aims of the Careers Cluster are: to support school and college leaders within geographical clusters to design a high quality careers guidance offer in partnership with employers and higher education institutions; to deliver continuous professional development to Cluster staff on careers learning and employer engagement; to match and support young people attending institutions within the Cluster into work placements and internships across London Growth Sectors; to improve the aspirations of white working class students on free school meals. Prospects are running Clusters in Barnet and Brent; Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley and Havering.

Employment Plus

Two Education and Skills Funding Agency European Social Fund contracts to support low paid workers in North, East and Central London to overcome low levels of pay through wage and career progression. In North & East London, Prospects support 3000 people across the boroughs of Enfield, Haringey, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Newham, Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham and Havering. In Central London Prospects will work with more than 1650 people in Camden, Islington, City, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. 

The services will help people, particularly parents, who are working but caught in low paid, unstable employment to improve their lives and those of their children. This will address a London specific issue of underemployment, helping people to progress but also reducing dependency on Universal Credit through wage progression, a government policy imperative as the UC bill is now outstripping the benefit bill.

Ambition Coventry

Ambition Coventry Prospects is a partner in Ambition Coventry. Ambition works with anyone aged between 16 and 29 who lives in Coventry and is not in employment, education or training (NEET). The project works to support with: self-development and confidence building; careers advice; 1-2-1 support; training and qualifications; work experience and paid placements; traineeships and apprenticeships; and business start-up support. Ambition aims to work with over 2,300 young people who will receive the tailored support they need during their journey into employment, education or training.