Invitation to launch event for ESF Positive Change Programme on Tues 1 Nov

Opportunity Sheffield is delighted to have commissioned a series of pilot pre-engagement projects aimed at unemployed and economically inactive residents of Sheffield.

These bespoke courses – which are part-funded by the European Social Fund – are designed to motivate, build confidence, and encourage people who are disengaged from the labour market to start thinking about education, training or employment.

They will run periodically between Autumn 2022 and Summer 2023.

At this launch event on Tuesday 1 November (10-11:30am), we will explain the purpose of the ESF Positive Change Programme and what we aim to achieve, then introduce the providers and their courses. We will explain the eligibility criteria and give potential referral partners the opportunity to ask any questions.

Courses are grouped according to funding stream and target cohort, with four projects commissioned on our Ambition (Youth) project, three on Ambition (Adult) and a further seven on Pathways to Success.


  • Aged 15-24 for Ambition (Youth); Aged 18+ for Ambition (Adult) and Pathways to Success
  • Resident of Sheffield
  • Unemployed or Economically Inactive
  • Has not enrolled on ESF Pathways previously (Ambition or Pathways to Success)

Course providers

Ambition (Youth): Burngreave Works, Element Society, Endeavour, Grow

Ambition (Adult): ACT, Voluntary Action Sheffield, Zest

Pathways to Success: AALFY, A Mind Apart, Autism Plus, Big Ambitions, Down2U Physiotherapy, Heeley City Farm, Sharrow Community Forum, The Employers Forum, The Source, Together for Sheffield, Yes2Ventures

At the launch event, each of the providers will introduce their programmes. A promotional e-brochure detailing the course content will also be circulated.

Attend the event

Opportunity Sheffield and its Positive Change Programme partners is keen for as many potential referrers to attend this introductory session as possible.

To attend the launch event, please register on Eventbrite