In some parts of the county (areas that fall within the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership) area this support is provided by the STEP Programme.
STEP is funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.
The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme.
Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support:
- skills development
- employment and job creation
- social inclusion
- local community regenerations