Poland is targeting ESF support at disadvantaged jobseekers and social groups with the aim of giving them the skills and opportunities to find work. Making education more relevant and improving public services are other important objectives.
Across Europe and in Poland 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.
ESF projects in the field of employment are taking an individual and demand-driven approach with a focus on people who are finding it most difficult to get work. Personal coaching and guidance and an emphasis on skills that are in demand are among the measures being deployed to improve jobseekers’ employability and help them into the labour market. In addition, measures are supporting entrepreneurship and self-employment, in particular among young people. Overall, the ESF is supporting initiatives to upgrade skills and qualifications to meet the needs of Poland’s developing economic sectors.
Social inclusion measures are addressing the most vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities, women and the long-term unemployed. The aim is to reduce the number of people at risk of poverty while offering them the opportunity to get the skills to reintegrate into work. There is a strong regional element to these activities as Poland strives to reduce the disparities in wealth and opportunity between the regions.
Education and training are benefiting from ESF support. Projects are building partnerships with enterprises and employment organisations, both to offer work placements and apprenticeships, and to ensure training opportunities are relevant to needs. Workers are also encouraged to take up lifelong learning opportunities in order to extend and broaden their skills and competence – thus ensuring sustainable employability.
Poland is also making considerable ESF investments in the effectiveness and efficiency of public administration and services – to improve services to citizens and jobseekers and create a better business environment.