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The ESF in Italy

Italy is using ESF funding to increase employment possibilities (in particular for young people), help disadvantaged groups, improve workforce skills, boost the national education and training system and improve the administrative capacity.

Across Europe and Italy 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.

Focusing on youth

ESF employment measures are devoted to getting young people into work, combating long-term unemployment, fostering employment for women and helping disadvantaged groups, such as immigrants and people at risk of poverty, to join the labour force. Projects on the ground are helping young people make the transition from school to work, with support to apprenticeships and work placements. Coaching and skills training courses are also available for young people with little or no qualifications. It is expected that these measures will help raise the national employment rate to up to 67% by 2020.

Combating social exclusion

ESF-funded projects promote social inclusion and poverty reduction through a wide range of measures, such as multidimensional social support for people experiencing material deprivation, improved standards in the provision of social services, support for people with disabilities, and specific measures aimed at putting marginalised groups on the path to more autonomous lives.

Better education and training

In terms of education, a large portion of funding is earmarked for concrete actions to fight early school-leaving and to improve the labour market relevance of education and training systems. More than 2.8 million students should benefit from these measures, complemented by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investments in new school buildings and laboratories. To strengthen the skills of the workforce, ESF measures create equal access to lifelong learning for all age groups.

Administrative capacity

The ESF is investing in institutional capacities and in the efficiency of public administrations and public services with a view to reforms, better regulation and good governance. Funds are also allocated to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to deliver employment, education, health and social policies, and towards sectorial and territorial reform at national, regional and local level.