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.
On the road to improved mobility and integration (28/05/2015)
A project in Corsica, France allowed people to rent vehicles at low cost for getting to their places of work or training, while also providing work-place training at a garage.
ESF Contribution : EUR 131 581 – Number of Participants : >100
Giving young people the confidence to prosper (30/07/2014)
A project in France aimed to give long-term unemployed young people the guidance, skills and confidence to find work or training opportunities – with a 70% success rate.
ESF Contribution : EUR 224 000 – Number of Participants : 738
Taking people off benefits and into work (06/09/2013)
Support from the ESF is helping the long-term unemployed and other income support claimants in the French Department of Sarthe to get a foot on the job ladder.
ESF Contribution : € 91 097 – Number of Participants : 804 (in 2012)
Training in looking after care home patients (30/08/2013)
In the Franche-Comté region, a project set up with support from the ESF is helping improve the care provided to elderly people living in retirement homes.
ESF Contribution : €575 864 – Number of Participants : 559 (in 2012)
FETE, a collective interest cooperative company, fights against discrimination in the recruitment of female immigrants with support from the European Social Fund (ESF).
ESF Contribution : €71 761 – Number of Participants : 700 women since 2005
To provide made-to-measure training, the comprehensive Centre for Apprentice Training (CFA) in Marzy has reorganised the courses offered with support from the ESF.
ESF Contribution : €675 497 – Number of Participants : Over 600 apprentices per year
Long-term unemployment: halting the downward spiral (29/08/2013)
In the Sarthe region, a project supported by the ESF helps jobseekers to break the long-term unemployment deadlock.
ESF Contribution : €300 813 – Number of Participants : 304
Offering early school leavers a second chance (28/08/2013)
The ‘Second Chance School’ enables young people encountering employability problems to find their feet in the job market.
ESF Contribution : €499 520 – Number of Participants : 1 197 students between 2004 and 2013
Matching personal skills with job opportunities (24/06/2013)
A project in Lille, France provides practical support to people of all ages so that they can find secure employment,
ESF Contribution : 15 000.00 € – Number of Participants : 145
Greater versatility to tackle the crisis (18/02/2013)
In the Jura mountains, a foundry company has initiated a wide-ranging training programme designed to boost its employees’ flexibility in response to the crisis.
ESF Contribution : €45 636 – Number of Participants : 40 employees (participants in training leading to the award of qualifications).
Guiding struggling youth towards a career path (21/01/2013)
In Poitou-Charentes, support units for qualifications and integration enable young school dropouts to integrate into professional life or find training.
ESF contribution: €13 608 - Number of participants: 35
A boost for young businesses (17/01/2013)
The ‘Périgord Initiative’ project, based on the principle of an interest-free, unsecured ‘loan on trust’, helps increase the life expectancy of young businesses.
ESF contribution: €55 000 - Number of participants: 418 in 2011
Integrated socio-professional support in Alsace (16/01/2013)
To assist those on the RSA income benefit (revenu de solidarité active), the job and training organisation Relais Emploi in Strasbourg has set up a support service, with backing from the ESF.
ESF contribution: €86 966 - Number of participants: €174 053
New prospects for neighbourhood youths (16/01/2013)
In Saint-Nazaire, a motivation project has given a boost to a group of young people from problem neighbourhoods.
ESF contribution: €17 578 - Number of participants: 8
Supporting at-risk youth (15/01/2013)
In northern France, an association provides workshops for youth underachieving at school, with no fixed abode and with no income, in order to improve their standard of living and their chances of finding work.
ESF contribution: €95 270 - Number of participants: 54 (2010)
On-the-job training: successful integration strategy (15/01/2013)
In Midi-Pyrénées, an integration process targeting struggling female job seekers has enabled participants to train and earn at the same time.
ESF contribution: €15 621 - Number of participants: €29 950
Restoring the appetite for our local products (15/01/2013)
In the Vercors district, the training provided in cooking with local produce, backed by the European Social Fund (ESF), meets the growing needs of professionals and consumers.
ESF contribution: €52 776 - Number of participants: 15
Supporting young graduates on the hunt for a job (12/10/2012)
The ‘Young Graduates’ project in France aims to boost the chances for young job seekers through a six month support programme which helps graduates to define a professional project and create a job search strategy.
ESF contribution: €10 486 - Number of participants: 18/20 participants every 6 months
Nurturing families, nurturing opportunities (14/12/2011)
To alleviate the problem of lacking childcare facilities, the ‘Employment House’ in the French Department of Seine et Marne launched a counselling service to offer made-to-measure solutions for young mothers looking for work.
Participants: 113 - ESF contribution: €41 204
Fostering the culture of work (14/12/2011)
An ESF project in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France drew on an untapped resource of professional expertise among older or recently pensioned workers for helping disadvantaged young people find work or improve their employability.
Participants: 54 - ESF contribution: €6 710
Preserving the know-how of older workers (14/12/2011)
The ‘Senior Capital’ project took up the challenge of getting more small and medium-sized enterprises to integrate older workers into their human resource strategies.
Participants: 6 Companies, 16 employees - ESF contribution: €27 136
Change of ownership of companies (07/11/2011)
A training course partly funded by the ESF helped employees who want to buy their employers’ companies, or another one, and take on a new leadership role.
Participants: 865 employees (75% women and leading to 87% taking over the company) - ESF contribution: up to 45%
Synergies support business creation and relaunch (22/09/2011)
The ESF-supported project ‘Support in business creation and recovery’ in the Burgundy region of France helped people getting micro-enterprises off the ground.
Participants: 1000 - ESF contribution: €195 000
Human capital for companies in Aisne (22/09/2011)
In the French department of Aisne, the ‘Emploi et Entreprises – Méthode IOD’ project, funded by the ESF, has addressed the problem of reintegration into the world of work by providing services to both jobseekers and employers
Participants: 310 people supported – 66% ‘positive outcomes’ - ESF contribution: €344 000