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The ESF in Slovakia

ESF investment in Slovakia aims to boost employment among its young people and improve education and training opportunities. Support for marginalised groups and a better quality of public administration are also targeted.

Across Europe and in Slovakia 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.

Focus on youth

Investing in skills and helping people into work are the main priorities of Slovakia’s ESF strategy for the 2014-2020 period. Young people are a particular focus with measures to support their skills, qualifications and entry into their first job as part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) – some 80 000 of them will benefit by 2020.

Slovakia’s education and training system is getting a boost – for example through better early-childhood education and care to help parents reconcile their work-life balance. Projects are also working with companies to reinforce the uptake of lifelong learning opportunities and keep skills up to date, as in the Driving Force project.

Help where most needed

ESF measures are giving disadvantaged groups the same opportunities as others: to improve their qualifications and help them find jobs and integrate into society. Overall, some 250 000 people – in particular the long-term unemployed and the low-skilled – are expected to benefit from the programme. Social inclusion measures are supporting the most marginalised Roma communities. Together with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the ESF is implementing outreach activities to help school children, such as in the Educating Teachers project.

Better public services

Central and local government, the judiciary and social partners are benefiting from ESF and ERDF initiatives to improve the efficiency of public administration. Measures to improve human resources, management, transparency and e-government are underway to boost the quality of public services and build trust with citizens and businesses.