This study evaluates the use of the European Social Fund (ESF) to support lifelong learning (LLL) during the 2000-6 and 2007-13 programming periods.

LLL encompasses a broad range of interventions in support for individuals that has a longer term objective of sustainable employment with ongoing and planned support aimed at enhancing skills, learning and employability.

It focuses on three target groups: young job seekers (up to the age of 24), low skilled workers (those with qualifications up to ISCED level 2) and older workers (55 plus). The focus of the study has been on the economically active, ESF participants in work or actively seeking work. 

The study was based on ESF data sets, the European Union Labour Force Survey, reports and evaluations of ESF provision, and case study work in eight Member States: Austria, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Cedefop's work is cited.

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