Job creation and youth employment are at the core of ESF investments in Greece. Skills and qualifications are being boosted while those groups at risk of poverty and social exclusion are receiving the help they need to get ahead.
Across Europe and in Greece the ESF is supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer living standards and job 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 skills, to work, to qualifications and to a more inclusive society for all Europeans.
The ESF is funding projects to get the unemployed back to work and give workers the skills that high-quality jobs demand. Young people are a particular focus and the ESF and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) are supporting the National Action Plan for youth employment and entrepreneurship . New opportunities for work placements and apprenticeships are a key element in these measures. To combat the growing number of long-term unemployed jobseekers, ESF investments are also supporting retraining in the new skills that the Greek economy and industry need while working to reduce the occurrence of undeclared work.
Greece is taking extensive measures to help citizens at risk of poverty and to combat social exclusion. Measures are underway to boost the economic and social inclusion of marginalised groups, such as the disabled and people from immigrant backgrounds. The ESF is encouraging social enterprise at national and local levels in order to boost inclusion and offer work opportunities. In addition, across Greece initiatives are being funded to improve access to health and education services for all citizens.
More and better skills and qualification are at the heart of Greece’s ESF strategy to provide its workforce and future workers with the competences that the economy needs. The ESF is funding measures to reduce the number of school dropouts, increase the take-up of lifelong learning and apprenticeship opportunities, and to improve the tertiary education system.
To support the effective implementation of growth and employment measures Greece is also investing in better public administration, for example by reducing red tape and facilitating investment opportunities. At national and regional level, training, better procedures and new management approaches are critical to efforts to increase economic competitiveness and improve the services offered to citizens.