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Strengthening employment and mobility
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• Promoting employment and supporting jobseekers
• Helping the young find sustainable jobs
• Supporting entrepreneurs and businesses
• Giving workers the skills to adapt to change
• Encouraging gender equality, better work/life balance and active ageing

Better education
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• Investing in education and training systems
• Reducing the number of early school leavers
• Improving access and quality in tertiary education
• Encouraging lifelong learning
• Making education relevant to the labour market

Giving a chance to all
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• Combating social exclusion and poverty
• Integrating marginalised communities
• Promoting social enterprise and the jobs it brings
• Supporting community-led development initiatives
• Reducing discrimination in the labour market

Better public services
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• Modernising employment institutions
• Investing in public administrations to support reforms and governance
• Helping stakeholders to deliver employment, social and education policies

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The European Social Fund

Each year the ESF helps millions of Europeans improve their lives by learning new skills and finding better jobs. Learn about the ESF: what it does, how it helps and who benefits.

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