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.
Military methods help turn young lives around (17/11/2015)
A project in the United Kingdom secured the help of ex-military officers to turn around the lives of socially marginalised young people and promote the value of work.
ESF Contribution : EUR 135 000 – Number of Participants : 51
Sparking interest in science and engineering (15/06/2015)
A project in the United Kingdom seeks to inspire young people to think about a career in science or engineering.
ESF contribution: £ 2 100 000 - Number of participants: 7 000
Getting creative with digital skills (15/06/2015)
A training project in the United Kingdom offers people in the creative industries the chance to learn new digital skills and so boost their career prospects.
ESF contribution: £ 2 600 000 - Number of participants: 1 000
Securing skills to launch a new career (12/06/2015)
A project based in Wales, UK that helps employees from two decommissioned nuclear power stations develop new skills required by the local economy.
ESF contribution: £ 2 300 000 - Number of participants: 1 200+
Green shoots for the ageing forestry sector (10/06/2015)
A project in Scotland, UK, provided apprenticeships and student placements in the forestry sector.
ESF Contribution : £ 840 945
A helping hand goes a long way in rural Scotland (10/06/2015)
A project based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland promoted social enterprise initiatives to help isolated communities run and access a variety of services.
ESF contribution: £ 954 000 - Number of participants: 780+
“Matchmaking” young researchers and SMEs (09/06/2015)
A project in Wales brings young researchers and SMEs together. The postgraduate students work on projects that address the companies’ research needs.
ESF contribution: £ 20 300 000 - Number of participants: 450 projects; 380 companies
Meeting demand for green energy skills (08/06/2015)
A project in the Highlands of Scotland provided young people with apprenticeships and other training options which matched skills requirements in the growing green energy industry.
ESF contribution: GBP 559 343 - Number of participants: 102
Prison bakery gives offenders a second chance (12/02/2015)
The Bad Boys Bakery, based in a London prison, provides offenders with a chance to learn new skills in the catering sector, thereby improving their chances of finding work on the outside.
ESF Contribution : £ 206 000 – Number of Participants : 100+
Re-engaging teenagers who are NEET (17/10/2013)
In North London, a project gets disengaged young people back into education, employment or training by combining different actions tailored to individual needs.
ESF Contribution : £ 730 200 – Number of Participants : 413
Making learning cool (24/06/2013)
The XtraVert course helps marginalised young people in Cornwall by teaching them practical new work-related skills in a stimulating environment.
ESF Contribution : 16 732.56€ – Number of Participants : 11
In Northern Ireland, a non-profit agency helps people suffering from learning disabilities find their way into the job market by providing tailor-made support services.
ESF Contribution : £906 768 - Number of participants : 368
The Prince's Trust (UK) helps excluded young people get into work, self-employment, education, training or volunteering.
ESF Contribution : GBP 750 000 – Number of Participants : Over 40 000 participants per year
Helping young mums overcome barriers to learning (12/10/2012)
The YMWA project in Cornwall in the UK offers learning opportunities and personal support to young mums to allow them to tackle the barriers to learning and employment.
ESF contribution: £ 133 875 - Number of participants: 145
A ‘kickstart’ for disadvantaged young learners (11/10/2012)
The Kickstart Life project in the UK targets disadvantaged young learners, offering them tailored learning support and guiding them to develop basic and employability skills.
ESF contribution: £1 417 680 - Number of participants: 909
Nurturing entrepreneurial talents in young people (27/09/2012)
It is essential to catch at-risk young people before they drift away from education and training and offer them an environment that will nurture their talents.
Number of participants: 319
Project Fifteen – a recipe for success (17/07/2012)
The best way to learn is to do – that’s the philosophy behind a project that offers the young unemployed top-quality training in the restaurant business.
Participants: 176 - ESF contribution: £ 1 190 956
‘Made to measure’ help for homeless families (31/01/2012)
The Family Links project focuses on homeless families with out-of-work single parents to help them overcome obstacles to getting a job.
Participants: >165 - ESF contribution: €300 000
Building a low-carbon regional economy (30/01/2012)
Clear About Carbon is an innovative project in Cornwall with a mission to find new ways to raise awareness among businesses and the public sector about carbon-based gas emissions and their impact on our climate.
ESF contribution: €1 180 500
Empowering workers with learning disabilities (20/01/2012)
Cornwall Works for Learning Disabilities (CWLD) is a ‘hearts and minds’ project to find sustainable jobs for unemployed people with a learning disability.
Participants: over 550 - ESF contribution: €1 800 000
Green builders for greener buildings (06/01/2012)
In the United Kingdom, the ‘built environment’ – meaning constructing homes, offices and factories and then living and working in them – is responsible for almost half of the country’s carbon emissions, half of water consumption and a third of landfill waste.
Participants: 1250 people - ESF contribution: GBP 999 995
Breaking down barriers (12/12/2011)
YWCA West Kent successfully delivered a programme that enabled some of the most deprived and disaffected young women in the area to engage in education.
Participants: 54 - ESF contribution: €13 670
Giving migrants a working chance (04/10/2011)
MEESP is an ESF-funded project driven by passionate individuals who have a made a huge difference in the lives of unemployed migrant workers.
Participants: 320 - ESF contribution: €148 415
Breaking inter-generational unemployment (04/10/2011)
The M-Power project focuses its efforts on the high levels of unemployment and economic inactivity common for many residents in South and East Belfast.
Participants: 1467 - ESF contribution: €391 747
Getting a Head Start into work (28/09/2011)
The University of Chester is offering its ‘Graduate Head Start’ programme, an ESF supported short course aimed at equipping graduates with the extra skills they need to get on in the world of work.
Participants: +400 - ESF contribution: €181 981