ESF projects in Romania give people the jobs and skills they need to benefit from the modernisation of the economy and the new job openings this brings. They are also helping build a fairer society with training and job opportunities open to all citizens, including the most vulnerable.
The ESF is creating more training and job opportunities for a wide range of people, in particular those who find it difficult to find work. Women, older workers, disabled job-seekers, inhabitants of rural communities and minorities such as the Roma – these are all at the focus of ESF efforts to boost skills and employment. Vocational training and other measures have reached 900 000 people so far, helping them get new skills and improve their job prospects. In Bucharest, 1 000 new childcare places are helping parents and women to find work and raise family living standards. In the countryside, rural and Roma populations can now turn to ESF projects – such as entrepreneurship centres – for training, advice and tailored programmes to improve job prospects and fight discrimination and poverty.
Around 20 000 Roma have benefited so far from activities such as scholarships and support for Roma medical students, and specialist support to keep Roma children in school.
ESF-funded qualification and training programmes are helping workers throughout Romania to enhance their skills and qualifications. For example, through a tailored training programme, 1 900 railway employees acquired the skills to improve service quality and reliability on the rail network. Workers in industries with declining employment are being helped to get new competences that open up new opportunities – such as energy company workers who retrained in skills for renewable energy technologies.
Nationwide, the ESF is supporting information campaigns to encourage people to take up vocational training opportunities and lifelong learning. And the ESF is helping public employment services to become more proactive and offer better services to job-seekers. Quality management systems are being installed in municipalities and training in customer service techniques is being delivered. In rural areas, one-stop shops to deliver a range of public services more efficiently are helping job-seekers and citizens in more isolated communities.