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The ESF in Austria

Austria is using ESF funding to focus on education, training and social inclusion measures in order to increase participation in the labour market. Higher skills and equal opportunities are the means to create a larger and better workforce for the future.

Across Europe and in Austria the ESF is supporting the labour market, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer living standards and more employment opportunities for all EU citizens. It is doing this by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people, disadvantaged groups and all those seeking a job. Tens of thousands of ESF projects are active in Europe’s cities, towns, rural communities and neighbourhoods. They are opening doors to better skills, work, qualifications and a more inclusive society for all Europeans.

A focus on education

Austria is using ESF funding to get older people into work, boost equal opportunities and help more women find jobs, and to improve the skills and qualifications of vulnerable young people, particularly those with migrant backgrounds. A major priority is education and measures are underway to boost the skills of the poorly qualified through lifelong learning opportunities. Projects are helping to reduce the school dropout rate and guide young people in making the important transition from school into their first job. Nearly 150 000 young and poorly-qualified people will get ESF support by 2020, which will contribute greatly to boosting Austria’s overall employment rate.

Broadening participation

The ESF is also combating social exclusion and poverty in Austria. People from marginalised groups, such as minorities and people with disabilities, are being helped with a range of measures to integrate them better into society and working life. By 2020, these measures are expected to reduce the number of people at risk of poverty by over 230 000.

Furthermore, the ESF is working with companies to adapt working practices in order to create job opportunities for those with disabilities or health problems – helping them participate in normal working life and lead independent lives. Older workers and women are also targeted with advice and guidance for some 4900 companies on how to extend careers and help balance work and family responsibilities.