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.
The European Social Fund is music to the ears! (19/09/2016)
Live music concerts in Umbria, Italy acted as platform to show young people what the European Social Fund has to offer. Dynamic, informal presentations and social media were used to communicate directly to the audience.
ESF Contribution : EUR 42 960 – Number of Participants : 3 000
Voucher scheme helps people into work (06/06/2016)
A project in Lombardy, Italy provided unemployed people with vouchers which enabled them to access training, internships and entrepreneurship schemes, etc. 70% of participants subsequently entered the jobs market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 26 500 000 – Number of Participants : 82 217
Support measures to keep children in school (14/10/2015)
The Puglia region in Italy developed a project to keep children in school longer in order to improve their life chances and future job prospects.
ESF Contribution : EUR 75 234 327 – Number of Participants : 200 225
Marche students link universities and companies (13/10/2015)
A project brings together universities and companies in the Marche region and proposes doctoral grants that promote applied research integrating academic knowledge and business practices and aiming to innovation.
ESF Contribution : +/- EUR 4 500 000 – Number of Participants : +/- 320
Unemployed over-45s: there's work for them too (25/06/2015)
A programme launched to get long-term unemployed older persons aged over 45 back to work: consulting and coaching for 320 people and contacts with companies in the area
ESF Contribution : 476,971.59€ – Number of Participants : 320
Tradition and innovation: Shoes in Italy (25/06/2015)
Part of the Italian design tradition, the Shoes in Italy project has trained 16 young people as artisan shoe designers, giving them a start in the working world.
ESF Contribution : EUR 115,000 – Number of Participants : 16
Credit to create entrepreneurs (18/06/2015)
A project run by the Marche regional authorities supporting entrepreneurship among those who are unemployed and women over 35 by granting microcredit and providing guidance.
ESF Contribution : EUR 7.9 million – Number of Participants : 1300
A project promoting excellence in training, awarding scholarships to graduates from the Marche region in Italy to carry out research projects at CERN, Geneva, followed by internships at Italian businesses and organisations.
ESF Contribution : EUR 328 000 – Number of Participants : 4-6 participants per year
A green network for young people (18/06/2015)
The project “Il Golfo fa rete”, run by the Liguria regional authorities, offers eleven training courses for young people focusing on the green economy and the marine economy.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 598 412 – Number of Participants : 149
Ways out of violence (17/06/2015)
A programme run by the Piedmont regional authorities, Italy, to protect and reintegrate women who have been victims of domestic violence and trafficking.
ESF Contribution : EUR 11 800 – Number of Participants : >300
Young entrepreneurs start to grow in the classroom (11/06/2015)
Learn the basics of entrepreneurship at school through play. The Going to Business School project run by the Umbria regional authority teaches 17-year-olds in 40 schools how to develop a business idea.
ESF Contribution : EUR 250,000 – Number of Participants : 900
Microloans give excluded people a chance to prosper (02/02/2015)
A project in Italy is providing microloans to people who have been excluded from traditional sources of lending.
ESF Contribution : EUR 58 285 714 – Number of Participants : 1 200
Strengthening human capital in high-tech industries (29/01/2015)
A project in Italy is strengthening human capital in a number of high-tech economic sectors, notably health and biotechnologies.
ESF Contribution : EUR 4 118 626 – Number of Participants : 160
Equipping students with skills for life – and work (27/08/2014)
A comprehensive initiative in southern Italy helps secondary school students improve their educational experiences and career chances.:
ESF Contribution : EUR 419 600 000 – Number of Participants : 430 000 students
Through initiatives in areas such as internships, employment, entrepreneurship, and education and training, a project in Italy helps thousands of young people to proactively manage their careers.
ESF Contribution : EUR 72 000 000 – Number of Participants : 40 000
A door to the future (15/04/2014)
The initiative "Porta Futuro" in Rome, Italy, is constantly improving its offer to help job seekers find new perspectives.
ESF contribution: EUR 2 700 000 - participants: 36 500
An outstanding performance (15/11/2011)
The Sipario project, conceived to train people for work in live music and theatre, encountered an overwhelming response, with hundreds of applications from young people all over Italy and beyond.
Participants: 182 - ESF contribution: €887 000
Moving up in the world (28/10/2011)
A project aimed at secondary school pupils, teachers and parents throughout the Piedmont region of northern Italy offered young students new perspectives and ‘alternative destinations’ in life.
Participants: 6 995 students, 393 teachers - ESF contribution: €78 667
The 'Spinner 2013' programme was established to promote the qualification and upgrade of people working in R&D, technology transfer and innovation in the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy
Participants: 2 300 - ESF contribution: €23 million
Bright ideas take off (04/10/2011)
The ‘Ideas Project’ launched by th Umbrian Research Agency, and co-funded by the ESF, gives young Italian entrepreneurs a flying start.
Participants: 28 start-up businesses