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 the vulnerable into work (16/09/2016)
A project in Spain helps socially excluded people into the jobs market. A training and skills course provides individuals with the confidence and motivation they need to find work.
ESF Contribution : EUR 5 837 473 – Number of Participants : 1 500+
Generation Spain! Training in the digital economy (08/09/2016)
Marketing Digital Programme, to train young Spaniards in technical and personal skills to ensure their professional success within the digital economy sector.
ESF contribution: EUR 495 758 - Number of participants: 160
Finding a path out of social exclusion (06/09/2016)
A project in the Canary islands helps socially disadvantaged persons find their way back into employment as hairdressers or carers.
Number of participants: 42 - ESF contribution: EUR 171 588
Going green in Spain (25/04/2016)
The Spanish Green Jobs programme provided support to create or grow environmental businesses; at the same time, training programmes helped workers acquire relevant ‘green’ skills.
Participants: 1 300 000 - ESF contribution: EUR 22 500 000+
A Spanish project helped unemployed, marginalised people with mental health issues take training in the gardening sector.
ESF Contribution : EUR 74 349 – Number of Participants : 20
Offering prisoners a second chance (14/04/2015)
Multiple projects in Spain give offenders the opportunity to prepare for working life through training and placements.
ESF Contribution : EUR 999 761 – Number of Participants : 394
A taste of working life abroad for young Europeans (27/03/2015)
Young people from Valencia, Spain have been given the chance to sample working life abroad; in return contemporaries from other European countries have enjoyed work experience in the Spanish city.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 888 328 – Number of Participants : 1 000+
Jobseekers find confidence in teamwork (26/03/2015)
A project in Spain combines teamwork, training and guidance to help people find their way into the jobs market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 165 000 – Number of Participants : 80
A jobs portal in Spain is helping disabled people get jobs and find suitable training options.
ESF Contribution : EUR 700 000 – Number of Participants : 200 000+ disabled people; 4 000 employers
Promoting equal opportunities in Rioja (26/03/2015)
An initiative running in La Rioja, Spain is designed to ensure equal opportunities for men and women when they access employment training schemes that are part funded through the ESF.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 448 886 – Number of Participants : -
Funding PhD students aims to boost competitiveness (27/02/2015)
A project in Aragon, Spain which funds young researchers studying for PhDs in order to boost their careers and improve the region’s economy.
ESF Contribution : EUR 2 000 000 – Number of Participants : 40
Encouraging entrepreneurship in rural Spain (26/02/2015)
An entrepreneurship project in rural Spain helping people from an immigrant background develop sustainable businesses and self-employment options.
ESF Contribution : EUR 78 327 – Number of Participants : 100
Helping Roma youngsters find work (02/09/2014)
Thousands of Roma youngsters across Spain have been found jobs, in spite of the economic crisis over the past six years, thanks to a wide-ranging grassroots training programme mainly funded by the ESF.
ESF Contribution : EUR 30.91 million – Number of Participants : 50 984
Back to school for Asturias’ women entrepreneurs (28/07/2014)
A project provides training and support to women in northern Spain so that they can start their own businesses.
ESF Contribution : EUR 160 000 – Number of Participants : 138 course participants
Placements offer a way into work (19/11/2013)
A project in Seville, Spain gives unemployed people a chance to undertake work placements which boost their chances of getting jobs.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 177 379 – Number of Participants : y
Guiding the excluded towards long-term employment (17/10/2013)
In the Canary Island, a project creates subsidised job opportunities which serve as pathways into the regular labour market.
ESF Contribution : € 317 175,29 – Number of Participants : 36
A project offering a step-by-step labour market insertion programme to people at risk of social exclusion helps job seekers in the Canary Islands enter the labour market.
ESF Contribution : 85 % (2011) – Number of Participants : 1195
Out of jail, into a job (10/10/2013)
A training scheme in Spain helped boost the employment prospects of prisoners by providing work placements.
ESF Contribution : EUR 4 657 – Number of Participants : 13
Rolling out professional training for young people (16/09/2013)
A project in Bilbao of Spain provides socially marginalised young people with professional training across a variety of sectors.
ESF Contribution : EUR 2 600 000 – Number of Participants : ~2 100
The right to a family, and working life (04/07/2013)
A plan devised by the regional government of Castile and La Mancha aims to make it easier for people to balance the demands of family life with the right to work
ESF Contribution : € 16 128 547 – Number of Participants : 34 000 people affected, more than 320 companies
Giving youth a chance (03/07/2013)
The PCPI project helps young people gain the educational qualifications and competences they need to compete in the labour market.
ESF Contribution : € 842 585 – Number of Participants : + 300
Supporting research careers in Castilla y León (24/06/2013)
The ESF is funding a programme that supports the post-graduate study and training of young researchers in Castile and León, Spain.
ESF Contribution : € 125 000 000
Raising Roma awareness on education completion (26/09/2012)
The Roma community has made important progress over the last thirty years in Spain. For example, 94% of Roma children start school at the compulsory age or earlier. However, the majority of them drop out of school before completing secondary education.
ESF contribution: EUR 61 324 (first phase) - Number of participants: 1 100 (first phase)
A network for diversity (15/03/2012)
In the Spanish province of Andalusia, the 'Intercultural Network' project is promoting networking and information exchange between organisations that are active in helping immigrants and promoting diversity and multiculturalism.
Participants: Around 25 organisations - ESF contribution: €1 848 000
A Forum for the future (15/03/2012)
In the Basque country in Spain, the Deba Business Forum is an initiative funded by the ESF where business people, educators, researchers, innovators, financers and entrepreneurs in the Debabarrena district can meet.
ESF contribution: €62 722
Integrated pathways to employment (15/03/2012)
Barcelona Activa is the city’s local development agency responsible for promoting businesses, entrepreneurship and employment throughout the municipality.
Participants: 900 - ESF contribution: €1 155 000
Caritas Española: offering paths to employment (14/12/2011)
In Spain, Caritas has undertaken many jobs-related projects –helping over a million people – and often with the help of ESF funding.
Listening at the local level (16/09/2011)
Supported by the ESF, the Catalonian Employment Service has adopted a ‘bottom-up’ approach which involves people at the grass-roots level and empowers local authorities in their role as main actors in local economic development policies.
Participants: 2010: 8 507 - ESF contribution: €6.000.000