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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.

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Helping low-skilled youths find a job

Helping low-skilled youths find a job (05/09/2016)

'Every talent counts' is a collaboration between seven municipalities, the UWV and six partners in education in North Limburg. Low-skilled youths aged 15 to 27 can learn and work via the project.
ESF Contribution : EUR 659 985 – Number of Participants : 658

A flexible path to work

A flexible path to work (10/08/2016)

Flextensie gives new perspective to job seekers that would have few opportunities without the project. They can work temporarily while retaining benefits and receiving a financial remuneration.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 013 600 – Number of Participants : 250

A diploma and work for former detainees

A diploma and work for former detainees (09/08/2016)

A project by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice allowed detainees to follow a course and improve their chances of finding work upon their release.
ESF Contribution : EUR 3 921 172 – Number of Participants : 2 879

Social innovation helps company rise

Social innovation helps company rise (09/08/2016)

A commonly developed social innovation plan helped employees and management of a publishing company to improve their workplace and secure the future success of the enterprise.
ESF Contribution : EUR 10 000 – Number of Participants : 28

Tailored guidance on finding work

Tailored guidance on finding work (14/10/2015)

The Participation Factory enables jobseekers on benefits to get guidance on finding paid work. They learn from the experiences of other jobseekers and complete courses.
ESF Contribution : EUR 123 076 – Number of Participants : +- 100 participants

Helping students realise their potential

Helping students realise their potential (21/02/2014)

In the region of Gouda, the Netherlands, a project targeting students with special needs has proven instrumental in guiding them towards employment or apprenticeships fitting their profile.
ESF Contribution : EUR 196 873 – Number of Participants : 170

Nurturing young talent to tackle unemployment

Nurturing young talent to tackle unemployment (15/10/2012)

Jongeren aanpak Noordoost-Brabant or the JAN project in Noordoost-Brabant, Netherlands aimed to prevent unemployment amongst young people by providing education and training.
ESF contribution: €790 000 - Number of participants: 6 200

Learning on the job in  the automotive sector

Learning on the job in the automotive sector (15/10/2012)

The OOC project ‘Promoting the influx of juveniles into the Car Bodywork Sector’ aims to find ‘learning on the job’ placements for all new BBL students who attended school between 2009 and 2011.
ESF contribution: €138 000 - Number of participants: estimated 700 participants

Movares: moving ahead on social innovation

Movares: moving ahead on social innovation (19/10/2011)

The ‘Sustaining movement’ project set out to find new, bottom-up approaches for cultivating a working environment based around mutual trust, flexibility and the confidence to try out new ideas.
Participants: 750 - ESF contribution: €91 455

A helping hand in tough times

A helping hand in tough times (28/09/2011)

An ESF-sponsored project in the IJssel-Vecht region of the Netherlands is promoting an innovative form of job creation for the younger generation.
Participants: 28 (up to 320) - ESF contribution: €860 000