Lithuania is deploying ESF funding to boost employment and help disadvantaged groups get access to job opportunities. It is also investing in the education system to ensure young people have the skills they will need to prosper.
Across Europe and in Lithuania 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.
Helping people into the workforce is a major priority for ESF investments in Lithuania. Active measures are underway to help jobseekers get the skills they need and then go on to find work. The long-term unemployed, low-skilled and older workers are among the target groups. Young people are benefiting from projects under the Youth Employment Initiative – helping them make the transition into work and offering work placements and apprenticeships, among other actions.
The ESF is investing in poverty reduction and social inclusion projects which are a key issue in Lithuania where 30% of the population are at risk. ESF projects are helping disadvantaged groups – such as disabled people, ethnic minorities and women – to improve their situation and have the same opportunities as others.
Better access to health and social services for all Lithuanian residents is getting ESF support as well. Projects are also underway for the ‘de-institutionalisation’ of adults with mental disabilities and children in care.
The ESF is supporting ongoing efforts to modernise the education and training systems, and to ensure the skills and qualifications gained meet the needs of employers and industry. Projects are helping young people stay on at school to get qualifications and then guiding them into working life. For all workers, the ESF is promoting lifelong learning opportunities to ensure skills are up to date and relevant to industry needs.
ESF funding is also helping to modernise Lithuania’s public administration so that it can better serve citizens and businesses. New planning, monitoring and management systems are being implemented to achieve this.