European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF)

Find out how to be ESIF compliant and more about the Skills Funding Agency (SFA)

How to be ESIF compliant

CITB's contract to deliver training and support with funding from the adult skills budget requires you to keep to the ESF match funding rules (pages 25-27 in version 2 of the rules, for the 2015-16 academic year).

  • Please ensure that you have the new logo/plaque displayed on your documentation, website, premises and marketing material. 
  • You should be aware that the provision may be audited by agencies acting on behalf of the ESF Managing Authority or the European Commission (EC) after the delivery is finished.
  • Keep all learner data and documents until the end of the document retention period for the 2007-13 ESF programme (at least until 31st December 2022), for the 2014-20 programme (until at least 31st December 2029 but will be confirmed once the Operational Programme is approved).
  • Have policies for Equal Opportunities and Sustainable Development. All providers must have Sustainable Development governance, policies and implementation plans which explain: commitment to promoting sustainable development and complying with relevant EU and domestic environmental legislation.

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Skills Funding Agency (SFA)

The SFA funds skills training for further education (FE) in England and supports over a thousand colleges and private training organisations. It also supports employers with more than £4 billion of funding each year.

Further education and training creates skills which contribute to growth and prosperity.

The SFA's role is to deliver the government's skills priorities:

To deliver more high quality Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities

Raising standards across vocational training, with a particular focus on English and Maths

Reviewing our Qualifications

This is not only to drive up the standards of vocational courses, but also to have a coherent and comprehensive skills system.

CITB works with a large network of Training Providers who deliver the qualifications needed for Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeships. We monitor the quality of our Training Providers to ensure that our apprentices receive the best possible education and training they need to succeed in their Apprenticeship and to develop their skills.


The Apprenticeships contract is co funded by the European social fund (ESF) as part of the 2014/2020 European investment funds (ESIF) Growth Programme in England) which you cna find out more about by clicking the link below:

Find out more

Find out more about our monitoring work with training providers, including training schedules and part of the 2014/2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme in England. 

The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, European Social Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, skills development, job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

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