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.
Female Offenders Train as Cooks (19/11/2015)
Women prisoners improve their employment prospects by training as cooks or hospitality specialists.
ESF Contribution : EUR 102 400 – Number of Participants : 13
Training for the Deaf in Catering (18/11/2015)
The inclusive cafe-restaurant at the Centre for the Deaf in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, offers training and professional orientation for youths with hearing impairments, who train alongside young adults without impaired hearing.
ESF Contribution : EUR 134 500 – Number of Participants : EUR 172 200
Getting Refugees Ready to Work (03/11/2015)
A project in Berlin seeks to help refugees to integrate through language courses, pre-vocational training courses and work placements.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 101 000 – Number of Participants : 2 500
24/7: Always there for unemployed young people (26/06/2015)
The 24/7 Project supports disadvantaged, long-term unemployed young people in the Marzahn-Hellersdorf district of Berlin round the clock (even on public holidays and at weekends)
ESF Contribution : 634 978.86 EUR – Number of Participants : 1125
JUNIOR –Students experience business (26/06/2015)
Students experience business in what are referred to as student companies, from the initial idea to implementation. Through this, the students develop an important set of skills for their future careers.
ESF Contribution : 467 500 EUR – Number of Participants : over 3600
Counting on women (26/06/2015)
Avanta Steps qualifies women who have been long-term unemployed for jobs in offices and administrative bodies. . In addition to technical skills, the programme offers them coaching and training in “soft skills"
ESF Contribution : 231 772 EUR – Number of Participants : 30
100 extra opportunities (25/06/2015)
A project in North-Rhine Westphalia offers guided and supported vocational training for young people with disabilities with the aim of integrating them into the mainstream labour market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 2.3 million per year – Number of Participants : Up to 150 per year
Barking up the right tree (15/06/2015)
Former drug addicts complete courses in carpentry, preparing them for further vocational training as carpenters and joiners.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1,080,402 – Number of Participants : Up to beginning 2015
Successfully combine family life with work (12/06/2015)
The project offers young parents (including single-parents), and other individuals who care for family members and are therefore unable to work full-time, the opportunity to complete part-time vocational training courses.
ESF Contribution : 3 912 380 EUR – Number of Participants : 3,220
Bicycle workshop (09/06/2015)
This project in southern Germany offers training and em-ployment to the long-term unemployed and to individuals who face a number of barriers to employment.
ESF Contribution : 96,000 EUR – Number of Participants : 77
Lotsendienst (Pilot service) for migrants (27/05/2015)
An ESF project in Brandenburg helps hundreds of migrants to establish businesses – with great success.
ESF Contribution : EUR 2,197,500 (2004-2014, 75%, since 2015 80% of the total expenditure) – Number of Participants : 1,020
Startbahn: on your marks, get set, independently! (26/05/2015)
Startbahn project is helping unemployed people in rural areas of Northern Germany to set up their own local business, helping to draw up business plans, getting support and knowledge needed.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1,036,000 (Jan. 08 - Sept. 14) – Number of Participants : 4,000
Creating prospects with PUSH (23/03/2015)
A project in Pforzheim, Germany, provided consulting and opened access to vocational training for youth who did not finish school with a qualification
ESF Contribution : 498 000 EUR – Number of Participants : 79
“Heavy Metal“: ESF project promotes metal-working (20/03/2015)
A project in Germany addressed young people, including from migrant families and especially young women, who are interested in practical work and in learning a profession in metalworking
ESF Contribution : 354 815.08 EUR – Number of Participants : 51 volunteers have become careers advisors and a further 16 young entrepreneurs have been trained, more than 700 multipliers via this and ca. 1000 young people reached.
Helping young people make the right choices (04/09/2014)
A project in Germany which helped young people make the transition from school to work by finding apprenticeships and work placements.
ESF Contribution : EUR 85 000 – Number of Participants : 60
A house full of help – for all ages! (28/08/2014)
The multi-generational house project in Nordhausen, Germany offer the local community a wide-range of support measures which combat social exclusion and improve life-chances.
ESF Contribution : EUR 90 000 – Number of Participants : 123 per day
Cooking up some valuable training and life-skills (31/07/2014)
A project in Germany provided long-term unemployed people with a chance to train in the catering profession, while giving support to bolster family skills.
ESF Contribution : EUR 431 000 – Number of Participants :226
Students jump at the chance of training (28/07/2014)
A project in Germany supported students as they prepared to leave school and enter the world of work
ESF Contribution : EUR 199 462 – Number of Participants : 131
“Re-qualifying” for the jobs of today – and tomorrow (28/07/2014)
A project in Germany offered people the chance to improve upon existing vocational qualifications through a mix of work and study.
ESF Contribution : EUR 298 478 – Number of Participants : 90 workers and 30 unemployed people
Prisoners learn to set up a business on release (12/06/2014)
Entrepreneurs in Bavaria have formed a network of trainers and mentors to coach prisoners in setting up businesses when they leave jail, thus helping them reintegrate better into society.
ESF Contribution : € 578 269 – Number of Participants : 58
Helping women return to work (10/06/2014)
GUIDE has given help in setting up a business to thousands of Munich women who were previously having difficulties returning to the labour market after bringing up their families or because of their age.
ESF Contribution : EUR 770 000 – Number of Participants : 4 000
Berlin needs you! (04/04/2014)
A project in Berlin, Germany helps more young people from migrant backgrounds undertake vocational training.
ESF Contribution : EUR 779 984 – Number of Participants : 1000
Empowering excluded groups through local action (14/03/2014)
In Germany, an ESF-funded programme provided small grants for micro-projects adapted to the local situation and using innovative methods.
ESF Contribution : EUR 81 000 000 – Number of Participants : 235 000
More women in crafts and technology (28/08/2013)
In the German Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, a project raised awareness of gender issues among those providing professional counselling services to girls preparing career choices.
ESF Contribution : EUR 163 600 – Number of Participants : 460 girls / 266 counsellors
Preparing young people for working life in Europe (22/08/2013)
The 'Fit for Europe' project enables young people from Germany’s Harz and Salzland regions to complete an internship abroad.
ESF Contribution : € 2 255 258 – Number of Participants : 300
Using public transport with a SMILE on your face! (20/08/2013)
Pupils in Leipzig, Germany, participated in a training programme to learn more tolerance, friendliness, safety and helpfulness on public transport.
ESF Contribution : EUR 780 623 – Number of Participants : EUR 1 041 803
A different pathway for struggling pupils (09/07/2013)
The Productive Learning project, based in the German region of Saxony-Anhalt, replaces conventional educational pathways for vulnerable youngsters during their final two years at school.
ESF Contribution : € 2 570 000 – Number of Participants : 315 students per year
Parents are key to integration (04/07/2013)
An ESF project in Hamburg works locally with the parents of students with immigrant backgrounds to improve school success and to facilitate the entry into the world of work.Participants: more than 1500 parent reached, 43 trained multipliers (April 2013) - ESF contribution: € 287 482
Life skills – and a vocation – are on the menu (24/06/2013)
A German project gives socially marginalised young people the chance to acquire skills and qualifications in the hotel and catering sector.
ESF Contribution : € 1 208 532 – Number of Participants : planned: 125, abroad placements so far: 96
Into a job - via Scotland or Ankara (21/02/2013)
Students, unemployed youth and people with disabilities from the German region of Münster can increase their training and labor market chances through working visits abroad.
Participants: 200 - ESF contribution: € 3 326 826
Coaching for careers (18/02/2013)
In Germany, job coaches help students find an apprenticeship right after they finish school.
Participants: 4 106 - ESF contribution: € 433 808
The challenge abroad (07/02/2013)
A project in Göttingen offers about 200 unemployed young people the challenge to do an internship abroad and thus progress in the labour market.
ESF contribution: €1 716 202 - Number of participants: 200
A common e-learning platform for the IT sector (16/11/2012)
A jointly developed e-learning platform allows a needs-based training of employees in the IT sector
ESF contribution: € 292 254 - Number of participants: >100
Juwel: helping unemployed young people to sparkle! (11/10/2012)
The Juwel project targets all unemployed under 25 years old in the area of Rhein-Lahn in Germany, supporting their social and occupational integration until they can take up employment or vocational training.
ESF contribution: €500 000 - Number of participants: 768
Integration through work opportunities (25/09/2012)
Social stigma and a lack of support often mean that the long-term unemployed, including those with disabilities, do not always have the opportunity to reach their professional potential. The Agrigent project in Germany is trying to change this, for the benefit of participants, the environment and the community at large.
ESF contribution: €585 350 - Number of participants: 300
Technology for kids - learning while playing (07/08/2012)
The Bavarian initiative "Technology for Children" introduces kids in a playful way to the topic and is helping to secure the future skills needs.
Participants: 5 065 - ESF contribution: EUR 1 628 219
A business incubator for young people (27/07/2012)
The ESF-funded business incubator workshop "Future Lausitz" supports unemployed young people in starting up their business.
Participants: 270 - ESF contribution: EUR 920 997
Advising on foreign qualifications (26/07/2012)
More and more Europeans travel to other countries to work. Tracking down job opportunities abroad and moving to make the most of them is challenging enough. The trouble of getting the qualifications you earned in your home country recognised in the country you’ve moved to, can be enough to put people off taking the plunge.
Participants: 1088 persons (counselling) - ESF contribution: €374 000
Time of entry (20/07/2012)
Through help for career entry or support during the first six months of activity in the new company the programme "Time of Entry" helps to keep young people in Brandenburg and assists companies in securing their needs for skilled workers.
Participants: 2231 (up to 2012) - ESF-contribution: EUR 9 836 000
Flexible training in Hamburg (17/07/2012)
Balancing work and family commitments is challenging at the best of times. Looking after young children, the disabled or elderly is a commitment that requires significant time and energy.
Participants: 648 persons (April 2012) - ESF contribution: €298 040
Entry to the world of work (17/04/2012)
The ‘Come In’ project in the German City of Hamburg aims to help young people with their entry into the world of work.
Participants: 652 (until April 2012) - ESF contribution: €5 854 483
Opening an exit from extremism (12/04/2012)
EXIT-Germany is an initiative to help anyone who wants to break with right-wing-extremism and to start a new life. ESF support allowed putting an emphasis on integration of former radicals into the job market.
Participants: right-wing extremism dropouts - ESF contribution: €409 722
Supporting frontier IT research (15/03/2012)
The information society is rapidly evolving and pushing us to adopt ever newer ways of doing and working in our daily lives.
A leg-up in the job market (16/09/2011)
The ESF '1st Job' project has started a traineeship blog where companies, young people, parents and teachers can exchange information and network to encourage new job-seekers to take their first steps on the career ladder.
Participants: 180 - ESF contribution: €207 283
A helping hand (08/09/2011)
An ESF-backed project in Germany helped students improve their chances of getting a job once they reached ninth grade and apply for vocational training.
Participants: 821 - ESF contribution: €60 335