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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.

Releasing people’s potential

The Czech Republic is using ESF funding to reach the many people who, for one reason or another, face obstacles to getting a job. Mothers with young children are being helped to get back to work, for example through online databases of nurseries and childcare specialists and projects that encourage family-friendly measures at work. Older workers are taking training courses, updating their skills and improving their job prospects – helping them stay in work. People with disabilities are getting chances to join the workforce and contribute, often through social enterprises set up for this purpose. And many projects are helping Roma citizens to integrate better with programmes for keeping young people in school, improving health care for Roma communities and training for work.

Education for employability

Education is also a key priority for the Czech Republic, to ensure that its people can enjoy high levels of employment. ESF projects are improving the quality of the whole education system: from better schools and universities to wider lifelong learning opportunities for all. The ESF is investing in standards and teaching to ensure that students’ knowledge and skills are those needed by job-seekers and employers. Projects are boosting vocational training opportunities and company apprenticeships. And students are encouraged to consider careers in science and technology, for example through meetings with leading Czech scientists and film festivals on scientific topics.

ESF contacts in Czech Republic


The ESF in the Czech Republic: data and figures

Budget

€3,787,795,992
(2007-2013)

Who is funded

See the list of beneficiaries

Who participates

6,433,294 people
(2013)