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A great start – in later life
A great start – in later life (29/11/2013)

After many different jobs and time raising children, Brigitte decided she wanted to train as a healthcare assistant, despite being almost into her sixties. Read more ...

Ace skateboarder mixes work and play
Ace skateboarder mixes work and play (29/11/2013)

James loves skateboarding. He has been able to take his passion and turn it into work thanks to the XtraVert course, which is backed by the ESF. Read more ...

Starting a business is child’s play for Anna
Starting a business is child’s play for Anna (29/11/2013)

25-year-old Anna from Lublin, Poland is a lawyer by training but tough employment conditions made her think about a different career path. Now she is running her own kindergarten thanks in part to a project for budding women entrepreneurs that is backed by the ESF. Read more ...

Making the most of the green tourism market
Making the most of the green tourism market (29/11/2013)

Sandra goes on training and learns how to better market her eco-friendly B&B.

Training is no drama for this film-maker
Training is no drama for this film-maker (28/11/2013)

Harri runs his own film production company in Finland and has lots of experience in his field. Despite his successes, Harri decided to boost his prospects by taking part in training backed by the European Social Fund. Read more ...

Training provides a second chance
Training provides a second chance (28/11/2013)

Allan from Glasgow spent time in prison and was struggling to get a foothold in life because of a lack of work. An ESF-funded training course designed to get ex-offenders into jobs came to the rescue.

Learning for a new life
Learning for a new life (06/08/2013)

Nauras and Ebrahim are now focused on the future after learning cooking and life skills through a course backed by the ESF.

Investing in young researchers
Investing in young researchers (06/08/2013)

Carlos is a researcher working on potential treatments for cancer. He has been able to advance his studies thanks to support from the ESF.

Providing employment opportunities for deaf people
Providing employment opportunities for deaf people (06/08/2013)

Jolanta was given help to get a great job through a ESF project that provided support to deaf people for entering the jobs market.

Making it easier to cope with pain
Making it easier to cope with pain (05/08/2013)

Otilia’s job as a cleaner for a Luxembourg-based telecoms company was made more challenging due to pain from rheumatism and a slipped disc. Thankfully, work became a little easier after she took part in a pain management course backed by the ESF.

Engineering opportunities
Engineering opportunities (05/08/2013)

A research grant scheme funded by the ESF gave Simone his chance to follow his dreams, doing a work experience, which ultimately led to a full time job.

Getting into gear for a new career
Getting into gear for a new career (05/08/2013)

A life of unemployment or pre-retirements benefits beckoned for Jane from Aalborg, Denmark. That was until she undertook training to learn to be a bus driver through a course supported by the ESF.

Delivering a better work-life balance
Delivering a better work-life balance (05/08/2013)

Thanks to a project backed by the ESF, Gerard has been able to combine the demands of his job with the needs of family life in a way which means less stress and more time with his sons.

A Second Chance
A Second Chance (05/08/2013)

Jana goes on to university after informal education programme co-funded by the European Social Fund.

Extending a helping hand to the blind
Extending a helping hand to the blind (05/08/2013)

Sarmite, a blind student at the University of Latvia, gains access to study materials in Braille

‘Bee’ is for business
‘Bee’ is for business (05/08/2013)

Normunds learns how to run a small bee-keeping business in rural Latvia.

Georgia’s story of hope
Georgia’s story of hope (05/08/2013)

Georgia rebuilds her life after a rehabilitation scheme co-funded by the European Social Fund.

Training led to employment for Serge
Training led to employment for Serge (05/08/2013)

Serge, originally from Cameroon, trains in supply chain logistics and lands permanent job.

Helping women balance work and family commitments
Helping women balance work and family commitments (05/08/2013)

Koulla can go to work, knowing her mother is well looked after at a day-care centre for the elderly.

Putting experience back to work
Putting experience back to work (05/08/2013)

George gets a fresh start after a training and employment scheme co-funded by the European Social Fund.

Cooking up a great job
Cooking up a great job (05/08/2013)

Éva learns professional cooking in European Social Fund training course and lands job in restaurant.

A good night’s sleep works wonders!
A good night’s sleep works wonders! (05/08/2013)

Years of working night shifts began to take their toll on Daniel. Thankfully, he was able to get a new position at his company which allowed him to work days – but only after taking part in a training course backed by the ESF. Read more ...

Helping develop business models
Helping develop business models (05/08/2013)

At the age of 26, Radmila wanted a new challenge. Having already left a successful modeling career behind her she did not find life as a hotel receptionist fulfilling and set about opening her own little organic café. In order to help get her idea off the ground, she turned to a programme funded by the ESF. Read more ...

A way into work for disadvantaged young people
A way into work for disadvantaged young people (05/08/2013)

Bruno took part in a project backed by the European Social Fund that provides training and mentoring to unskilled young people. Read more ...

Training leads to stable work – and security
Training leads to stable work – and security (05/08/2013)

Amparo, from Seville in Spain, took training through a European Social Fund-backed project and subsequently managed to land a permanent job. The project formed part of the European Union’s efforts to fight discrimination against the Roma.

Starting again
Starting again (05/08/2013)

A new career after 40
A new career after 40 (05/08/2013)

Driven to success
Driven to success (05/08/2013)

Reshaping her future
Reshaping her future (05/08/2013)

Smile, and say cheese!
Smile, and say cheese! (05/08/2013)

Life-changing scheme helps ex-army man find work
Life-changing scheme helps ex-army man find work (02/08/2013)

Andreas Apatzidis finds the job he likes, and his whole family benefits. Read more ...

Boosting business skills and confidence
Boosting business skills and confidence (22/07/2013)

Riikka-Leena decided to leave her job to focus on growing her family tourism business. To help maximise her chances of success, she took part in an international project for women entrepreneurs which was backed by the European Social Fund. Read more ...

Balancing work and childcare
Balancing work and childcare (16/07/2013)

A childcare project co-funded by the ESF allowed Stephan balancing a career in academia with his new job as a father. Read more ...

Kick-starting business
Kick-starting business (16/07/2013)

José gets training in business creation and consolidation and dramatically turns his company around. Read More

Getting a business up and… rollerblading!
Getting a business up and… rollerblading! (16/07/2013)

Yann launched a successful business selling sports goods. Read More

Eastern promise
Eastern promise (16/07/2013)

Bruno gets business training and sets up international consultancy firm.

Mentoring business
Mentoring business (16/07/2013)

Granted a chance
Granted a chance (16/07/2013)

Helping people settle
Helping people settle (16/07/2013)

Refresher course leads to new job
Refresher course leads to new job (16/07/2013)

Peter, 48, refreshed his mechanical engineering skills in Magdeburg, Germany

Sheena is literally fit for work!
Sheena is literally fit for work! (16/07/2013)

Sheena left school at the age of 14 with no direction in life. That was until she trained to become a gym instructor through a course backed by the ESF. Read More

‘Life coach’ is in business to help others
‘Life coach’ is in business to help others (16/07/2013)

Mogens is building his own business, thanks in part to skills he learned on a course co-funded through the European Social Fund. Read More

Staying safe, down on the farm
Staying safe, down on the farm (15/07/2013)

Gaetane learned how to improve safety for children at her educational farm in Wallonia. Read More

Changing lives, changing attitudes
Changing lives, changing attitudes (10/01/2012)

The Care Creates Change project in Malta is striving to balance the needs of both people, and the environment they live and work in. Through training and counselling, participants are guided into steady jobs in different areas of waste management and recycling. Read more.

Work is the key
Work is the key (10/01/2012)

Work as the key to social integration is the leitmotif of Job&Co - a Flemish organisation in Belgium, which unites the expertise of three social enterprises that promote access to employment. Read more.

WORKpop: harnessing creative energy for the labour market
WORKpop: harnessing creative energy for the labour market (16/11/2011)

In the district of Pispala, in Tampere, the WORKpop project set out to help unemployed artists and creative workers adapt their skills to the labour market. Read more.

Movares: moving ahead on social innovation
Movares: moving ahead on social innovation (16/11/2011)

The ‘Sustaining movement’ project set out to find new, bottom-up approaches for cultivating a working environment based around mutual trust, flexibility and the confidence to try out new ideas. Read more.