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The ESF in Finland

Finland is using ESF financing to raise workforce skills and bring more of its population into employment. As part of this, social inclusion projects are helping a range of disadvantaged groups get training and skills.

Across Europe and in Finland 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.

Improving workforce skills

ESF employment projects in Finland are working to reduce the employment rate, and in particular the number of young people without jobs. Investments are helping older workers remain longer in their jobs, helping workers become more productive with new skills, and offering pathways to work for those facing difficulties. In addition, the ESF is helping workers and businesses to become more flexible and adaptable to change while also taking steps to reduce gender segregation in the workplace.

In terms of social inclusion, the ESF is supporting Finland’s drive to help its citizens realise their full potential. Those at risk of poverty and members of marginalised social groups are getting opportunities to acquire relevant skills and new job opportunities. In these efforts, particular emphasis is given to local and community-based projects and initiatives – such as in the Bestis project in Porvoo which brings employers and disadvantaged jobseekers together.

Educating for the future

In education, ESF investments are ensuring young people and adults get the skills they need to prosper in their careers. Projects are working with employers to ensure that entrepreneurship, professional knowledge and creative skills are part of the curriculum, as well as providing a source of valuable work experience for young people. Supplementary training facilities are supported as part of the drive to instil a culture of lifelong learning among the workforce. For immigrants the ESF is supporting a range of activities, such as the MAKE project in North Karelia which is helping immigrant entrepreneurs.