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The ESF in Spain

Spain is using ESF funding to keep workers employed and help job-seekers get into work. Wider education and training opportunities are the means of ensuring a more-skilled workforce for the future and for raising employment among vulnerable groups such as the low skilled and young people.

Creating and preserving jobs

Spain is taking active measures to counter the rising level of unemployment, in particular among the young. It also works to prevent people who have lost their jobs from falling into the trap of long-term unemployment.  Many initiatives involve individual advice and guidance for job-seekers, including offering training opportunities. For example, the Programa Prepara back-to-work initiative helped some 150 000 job-seekers in its first six months of operation. The ESF is also supporting workers and job-seekers in acquiring the new skills that can boost employment opportunities in new industries – like the national Green Jobs programme where some 80 projects aim to give 28 000 people training to work in biodiversity, sustainable technology and other sectors, as well as creating some 1000 ‘green’ SMEs.

Competitiveness is also being targeted through ESF projects to help protect jobs and create new ones, such as projects to boost organic agriculture and another which gave 11 000 workers desirable IT skills. In the universities, student entrepreneurship is being encouraged through networking and support for innovative spin-off companies and start-ups.

Creating opportunities

Spain is determined to reduce the number of its citizens at risk of poverty and social exclusion. Boosting the job prospects of such vulnerable groups will go a long way to helping them participate in working life and improve their circumstances. For example, in Aragon, 8000 schoolchildren are getting after-hours school activities, enabling their parents to enjoy ‘normal’ jobs and working conditions. ESF projects are providing home-based support and extra teaching for disadvantaged children to help them do better at school. Projects in tourist areas have helped disabled job-seekers get work in cafés and bars, while Andalusia is boosting the job prospects for deaf people with company internships accompanied by sign-language training for their work colleagues.

The Caritas charitable organisation is a significant partner to the ESF and is implementing many diverse projects in co-operation with companies, business and workers’ organisations and local authorities. For example, it is helping socially excluded job-seekers to train in waste-recycling skills and to get work; elsewhere it runs environmental and rural development projects to help the disabled and others into jobs.

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The ESF in Spain : data and figures



Who is funded

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Who participates

1,364,368 people