The ESF is funding tens of thousands of projects across the Union that make a real difference to the lives of millions of individuals. Here you can find some examples.
No professional qualification? No problem! (26/07/2017)
The “Du kannst was!” (You can do something!) project helps people to gain formal recognition for skills which they've acquired throughout their working life. It is estimated that around 50,000 people in Salzburg have not completed any vocational training. Many have a lot of professional experience under their belts but, without a formal qualification, their chance of finding work or moving up the career ladder is low.
One-to-one youth coaching (26/07/2017)
In the Industrial Quarter of Austria’s Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) state, the Jugendcoaching (Youth Coaching) project provides a free advisory service for young people at the end of their final year of compulsory education. The initiative, delivered by Integration Niederösterreich, is part of a nationwide programme set-up by the NEBA career support network and run by 33 supporting organisations across the country.
Helping recognised refugees to fit in and find work (26/07/2017)
By the end of 2015, more than 90,000 people – mostly from war-torn Syria and Afghanistan – had applied for asylum in Austria. One of the most important elements for anyone wishing to integrate in a new country is the ability to find a stable job. That's why Caritas Vorarlberg - part of the international Caritas organisation - has developed Start2Work. Participants spend up to 10 weeks on an intensive German language course, which is followed by one-to-one and group employment training, and the opportunity to take part in work placements.
Making disadvantaged people fit for work (30/03/2016)
A project in Austria helped people with migrant backgrounds and Austrians with a lack of education to improve their basic education and language learning skills, and to strengthen their competences relevant for the job market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 200 000 – Number of Participants : 171
Training migrants for the job and employment market (04/03/2016)
The Integrationshaus is a project in Austria that works for the acceptance and integration of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants through training and the appreciation of previous training.
ESF Contribution : EUR 228 000 – Number of Participants : 64 (four groups of 16)
Making the job market accessible to refugees (25/02/2016)
An ESF-project in Vienna advised migrants on the recognition of their foreign qualifications, guided them through the recognition and evaluation process and informed about them occupations and training and higher education opportunities.
ESF Contribution : EUR 491 750.87 – Number of Participants : 3 298
Easing the transition between school and work (27/11/2014)
A project based in Austria helped disadvantaged youngsters make the transition from school to working life
ESF Contribution : EUR 435 000
Bridging the gap between working life and retirement (26/11/2014)
A project in southern Austria gave older unemployed people the chance of work before retirement.
ESF Contribution : EUR 174 799 – Number of Participants : 13
Getting youngsters ready for work – and life (05/11/2014)
A project in Austria helps young people prepare for the world of work by offering a variety of vocational, social and skills training.
ESF Contribution : EUR 345 713 (between 2010 and 2011) – Number of Participants : 203
Raising standards in Austria’s health tourism sector (24/09/2014)
A project in Austria has developed and run training schemes to raise standards in the local health tourism sector.
ESF Contribution : EUR 256 275 – Number of Participants : 1 533 (until 2013)
‘Future-proofing’ the skills needs of businesses (20/01/2014)
A project in Austria assesses the future skills needs in six industrial sectors and proposes training plans for individual companies.
ESF Contribution : EUR 184 000 – Number of Participants : 200 companies
Helping senior workers contribute (20/01/2014)
A project based in Austria for the retention and transfer of older workers’ skills and experiences.
ESF Contribution : EUR 49 219 – Number of Participants : 20
Helping newcomers make their mark (20/01/2014)
A project in Austria helping first-generation immigrants find their place in the labour market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 127 766 – Number of Participants : 100
Discovering value in diversity (15/03/2012)
The ‘Value diversity, Use diversity’ project in the Austrian city of Linz focused on supporting migrants and those with an immigrant background – especially women and young people – to integrate better into social life and work.
Participants: Around 2500 - ESF contribution: €258 239
Three steps into work (15/03/2012)
In the Austrian city of Graz, six organisations which promote employment came together to offer better opportunities to the long-term unemployed, asylum-seekers and immigrants.
Participants: 60 - ESF contribution: €460 230
Moving on to better jobs (09/03/2012)
The ‘Move On’ project was launched to help schoolchildren with an immigrant background, who are generally more likely to drop out of full-time education early.
Participants: 952 - ESF contribution: €201 000
Recycling success (04/10/2011)
The ‘Demontage- und Recycling-Zentrum’ (DRZ) is a place where the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities can be reintegrated into the job market.
Participants: 60 ( +~15 in training) - ESF contribution: €358 798