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The ESF in the Czech Republic

The ESF is supporting measures to open up the jobs market in the Czech Republic and make it easier for anyone who wants employment to find it. Improvements to the education system are giving young people the skills that jobs in a modern economy require. And ESF projects are providing new opportunities for disadvantaged groups such as the disabled, older workers and Roma citizens.

Across Europe and in the Czech Republic 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.

Creating opportunities for all

Promoting employment and social inclusion is a major priority for ESF investments in the Czech Republic. Up to 230 000 people are expected to benefit from projects targeting better skills and more job opportunities, in particular young people through the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI). A range of measures are helping the most disadvantaged social groups to improve their quality of life and gain skills and work, such as in the Carlsbad region. Women with young children are benefiting from more childcare opportunities – allowing them to pick up their careers. Marginalised and rural communities are getting better access to health and social services as well as training and work opportunities, as in the Ostrava and Karviná region.

Improving education

Together with European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investments, the ESF is funding improvements to the education and training system, and making it more inclusive for all. The Czech Republic is also boosting its research, development and innovation performance in universities and businesses. A well-qualified workforce is vital for this. ESF projects are giving young people, workers and jobseekers the opportunities to upgrade their skills and obtain new ones in order to boost their employability and take up high-quality jobs. For example, as in the Technology Centre project aimed at school students.

In addition, the ESF is helping to improve the professionalism and transparency of public administration. This is leading to better services for citizens and improvements to the business and investment environment.