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The ESF in Hungary

The ESF in Hungary is contributing to creating a larger and better-skilled workforce while improving social integration and living standards in remote and marginalised communities.

Across Europe and in Hungary 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.

More and better skills

Investing in its people’s skills is a top priority for Hungary’s ESF investments. Projects are focusing on the low-skilled and young people in particular, offering relevant training and qualifications to help them get work. Funding from the Youth Employment Initiative and additional ESF funding is helping to lower the barriers to work that young people can face. Lifelong learning opportunities are underway to help workers keep skills up to date and acquire new ones where needed. Over 450 000 people are expected to benefit from these measures by 2020. Social enterprises are benefiting from support to help create jobs and opportunities among remote and marginalised communities.

Boosting social inclusion

Hungary has a specific programme for social inclusion which is targeting training, education and health measures at remote communities and marginalised groups such as the Roma. Social and employment integration projects are underway and over 300 000 people will benefit from public health and disease control programmes. In addition, some 60 000 students and 40 000 teachers are benefiting from training programmes to improve school results and reduce early school-leaving. Support for new businesses and social enterprise as a source of employment and cohesion is also available. As part of its territorial and settlement development programme, Hungary is supporting a range of grass-roots projects in its least developed rural communities – such as the Musical Talent Centre in Felsőörs.

Better education

In education, the ESF is investing in vocational training and early-childhood care. Projects are working to ensure that the skills and qualifications on offer are relevant to the needs of employers and industry. Investments underway in the education system will contribute to Hungary’s aim of having over 30% of its young people finish higher education and reducing early school-leaving to 10% by 2020. The ESF is also offering training in entrepreneurial skills, such as for young people in the Southern Great Plains region.

Good governance

The ESF is also supporting investment in Hungary to modernise public administration at all levels in order to provide more efficient and accessible public services for citizens.