The ESF is taking measures to raise employment levels in Hungary, which are comparatively low. Improvements to the education and vocational training system are helping young people get the skills they need for better job prospects. And people from disadvantaged groups are also supported to find jobs, such as the low-skilled, the young, women and the Roma.
Getting more people into work is a key ESF priority and providing better access to training and jobs for everyone is helping achieve this goal. Women with young children are encouraged back into work with better childcare provision, flexible working arrangements and vocational training opportunities. With fewer agricultural jobs, the ESF is also encouraging people to move to regions that have jobs on offer, and projects are helping reduce regional differences – for example, by supporting children in rural and Roma communities to stay on at school and get qualifications.
Across Hungary, workers are getting new skills and learning to adapt. Many projects are helping those with few skills or qualifications to catch up on learning and gain the qualifications that will improve their job prospects.
ESF funding is modernising the education and training system to provide the skills that workers and companies need. One such example is a manufacturing company in Budapest whose workers trained in lean-manufacturing techniques – thus safeguarding hundreds of jobs. Teachers are learning new methods with ESF help, and universities are boosting their capacities for research and development. And tertiary education is now better aligned with workforce and industry’s needs, for example through an ESF initiative that tracks students’ subsequent careers to ensure university curricula are giving them the right skills. The ESF is also helping retain talented graduates in the country, by funding R&D activities at Hungarian universities in co-operation with industry.
All these projects are helping Hungary build a workforce that can contribute and prosper in an innovative knowledge-economy.