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.
Helping disadvantaged people to find employment (11/08/2017)
There are many reasons why people find it hard to get a job including a lack of qualifications, having a disability, or being from a low-income household. Sometimes, they just need the opportunity to experience working life and that’s where Dabei comes in. Dabei, based in German-speaking Belgium, helps unemployed people to strengthen their practical and social skills through a choice of workshops led by experienced professionals.
Attracting more women to science and technology (06/07/2016)
A project in Belgium harnessing research into language and gender to make the study of, and careers in, science, technology, engineering and mathematics more appealing to women.
ESF Contribution : EUR 99 826 – Number of Participants : >4500
Helping carers cope with the stress of caring (06/07/2016)
A project in Belgium helps healthcare staff deal with the emotional challenges of looking after elderly people. Managers are receiving training to help staff cope with the moral stress of caring.
ESF Contribution : EUR 112 222 – Number of Participants : >1000
Bringing talent to the labour market (05/07/2016)
A mentoring project in Belgium provides support to highly-skilled foreigners so that they can get quality jobs in their fields of expertise.:
ESF Contribution : EUR 230 000 – Number of Participants : 120, plus 100 mentors
Knowing what poverty really means (02/05/2016)
A project in Belgium sees people who have experienced poverty take up roles with federal public administrations. They use their personal knowledge to help those in poverty access vital services.
ESF Contribution : EUR 3 700 000 – Number of Participants : 28
A cooperative approach to job creation (05/10/2015)
A project based in Belgium has established a cooperative business that employs people from disadvantaged groups.
ESF Contribution : EUR 39 143 – Number of Participants : 3 initially
Creative opportunities for Belgian jobseekers (29/04/2015)
A project in Belgium offers a unique training programme in the performing arts for jobseekers and young people, and helps them develop the confidence to compete in the jobs market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 57 000 per year – Number of Participants : 24 per year
Developing skills and building confidence (27/03/2015)
A project in Flanders, Belgium has given young people the chance to obtain skills and work experience through internships.
ESF Contribution : EUR 3 119 996 – Number of Participants : 3 800+
Café Herman makes everyone welcome (27/03/2015)
A project based in Mechelen, Belgium brought business people from immigrant communities closer to local people and services, thereby reducing their social isolation.
ESF Contribution : EUR 149 000x – Number of Participants : 120
La Maison du design helps train creators (10/03/2015)
In Mons, the Maison du design enables creators to grow their business by helping them find funding and develop a communication strategy and by running management courses.
ESF Contribution : EUR 766 000 – Number of Participants : ~20 / year
Helping the unemployed score in the jobs market (29/01/2015)
In Belgium, a football club’s mental coaches help unemployed young people find confidence and motivation for work.
ESF Contribution : EUR 119 953 – Number of Participants : 22
Turning the unemployed into entrepreneurs (13/03/2014)
A project in Belgium offering tailored support to unemployed people who are interested in starting their own businesses.
ESF contribution: EUR 1 160 000 (for 2008-2013) - Participants: 2 350 (for 2008-2013)
Helping young dropouts nurture their talent (22/08/2013)
An ESF-project in Antwerp helps unqualified young people who leave school early move closer to the job market by enabling them to develop their talents.
ESF Contribution : EUR 539 913 – Number of Participants : 71 (between April and July 2013)
Green light for green skills (15/03/2012)
Supporting sustainable development involves giving people the skills that will be in demand in the future.
ESF contribution: €675 540
Competences for the future (12/03/2012)
In Wallonia in Belgium, the Competence Centre network is the focus for training in the latest skills that the region’s industries and their workers need.
ESF contribution: €1 300 000
Taking a close look at your job (09/03/2012)
The Alternatief project run by the Centre for Career Guidance in the province of Limburg in Belgium takes as its starting point the belief that everyone has the right to feel satisfied with his or her working environment – but that an active approach is needed to ensure this.
Participants: over 200 - ESF contribution: €226 000
Work is the key (05/01/2012)
Work as the key to social integration is the leitmotif of Job&Co – a Flemish organisation in Belgium, which unites the expertise of three social enterprises that promote access to employment.
Participants: 220 - ESF contribution: €675 000
From Drop-out to Drop-In (28/12/2011)
Addressing young people who drop out of school early or leave without qualifications, the Flemish government organisation for employment and vocational training (VDAB) launched the ‘From Drop-out to Drop-in’ (DODI) project to build the bridges they need to make the transition into work.
ESF contribution: €6 432
Creating a well-trained, modern workforce (11/07/2011)
The QUALI-FORM-IDE project’s ambitious objectives include improving the quality of training, increasing the employment rate, and promoting social cohesion in Belgium’s French-speaking region.
Participants: 8 860 (2009-2010) - ESF contribution: €18 435 372