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.
Let's make young people equal in the labour market (26/07/2017)
Poland’s Voluntary Labour Corps (VLC), with the help of ESF funding, has developed Equal in the Labour Market. It offers young people who are not in education, employment or training an intensive programme of support to get onto the labour ladder. The project aims to tackle unemployment levels among young people in Poland, which are very high, as in the rest of Europe. The barriers young people face include lack of experience, difficulties transitioning from school, and inadequate "soft" skills – things like teamwork, time management, positive thinking and a flexible attitude.
More and more young people who are not in employment or education are coming into conflict with the law. However, in Poland, few educational methods are targeted at young people in correctional facilities. That's where Life Signpost comes in. Life Signpost has developed a series of six sport-based training qualifications for 13- to 18-year-olds in correctional institutions, designed around social integration, with an emphasis on empathy.
Kick-starting the social economy (20/09/2016)
A project in Poland supported the growth of the social economy. The goal was to help social enterprises, charities and non-profit organisation cooperate more effectively.
ESF Contribution : EUR 2 907 901 – Number of Participants : 1 711 individuals and 245 organisations
Making sure IT graduates are “job ready” (12/09/2016)
A project in Poland giving IT students a chance to gains skills and experience required by employers.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 005 962 – Number of Participants : 391 students; 55 internships
Boosting community engagement in Poland (29/04/2016)
A multi-faceted project in Lublin, Poland gave residents a greater say in municipality decision-making. The initiative also helped to integrate immigrant communities and supported local NGOs as they looked for funding.
ESF Contribution : PLN n/a – Number of Participants : Open to all residents of Lublin: 348 000
It’s never too late to start a business! (13/11/2015)
A project in Poland provided training, counselling and grants to help people aged 50 and over start their own businesses.
ESF Contribution : EUR 594 334 – Number of Participants : 49
Teamwork brings results for older jobseekers (16/10/2015)
A project base in Poland helped people aged 45 and over to find their way back into the labour market by using self-help and teamwork to build skills and confidence.
ESF Contribution : EUR 461 062 – Number of Participants : 120
New model tackles long-term unemployment in Elbląg (16/07/2014)
A new employment model in Poland helps the long-term unemployed or vocationally inactive to find employment by conducting a general evaluation of each individual with a special focus on health.
ESF Contribution : EUR 393 700 – Number of Participants : 32
Building bridges to the future (14/03/2014)
A scheme run by the Youth Sociotherapy Centre in Ustka, Poland, helped young people at risk of exclusion become active members of society thanks to a practical approach.
ESF Contribution : EUR 369 543 – Number of Participants : 23
Helping women reach their business potential (24/06/2013)
In the province that has the highest level of unemployment in Poland, particularly amongst women, the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University Foundation launched an entrepreneurship project that gave women the chance to realise their own business plans.
Participants: 323 - ESF contribution: 2 508 508 zł
Nurturing business start ups for a better tomorrow (15/01/2013)
The ‘New business opportunity for a better tomorrow’ project in Poland supports participants to found their own companies by offering raining, consulting and financial support.
ESF contribution: PLN 2 554 679.97 - Number of participants: 60
Konserwator: cultural work as job market entry point (07/11/2012)
To help excluded groups access the labour market, a Polish project helps them find training and job opportunities in the cultural sector with help from the European Social Fund (ESF).
Work experience for those with special needs (23/10/2012)
The ‘Disabled people working in digital TV’ project offers people with special needs the opportunity to integrate socially and develop professionally by gaining specific skills in the archiving and digitizing of old film reels.
ESF contribution: 989 964.74 PLN - Number of participants: 48
Tailoring skills to the local jobs market (27/03/2012)
Better matching of young people’s skills to employers’ needs is vital for creating more jobs and more-successful businesses in Poland.
Participants: Up to 37 000
Supporting inclusive enterprise (09/03/2012)
Through the ‘We can achieve more by cooperating’ project, disadvantaged people received training and advice on opening and managing a social enterprise.
Participants: 25 - ESF contribution: €285 000
Older and wiser workers (09/03/2012)
An ESF-project run by the District Employment Office in Gdańsk invited unemployed or inactive older workers, including pensioners, who were attracted by the idea of self-employment.
Participants: 120 - ESF contribution: €412 000
The art of business (09/03/2012)
The ‘Creative self-employed’ project in Łódź in Poland set out to promote self-employment in the creative sector.
ESF contribution: €21 390
A platform for business and science (09/03/2012)
Improving the collaboration between science and business in Poland is the aim of the Platform of Technological Innovation in the Opole Region.
ESF contribution: €107 000
First of all work! (08/03/2012)
In the Zachodniopomorskie region in Poland, integration employment centres set up with ESF help supported people who face particular obstacles to joining the labour market and finding work.
Participants: 378 - ESF contribution: €512 000
I talk, though I don’t speak (07/03/2012)
Teachers from a school in the city of Toruń in Poland used ESF support to create a systematic approach to the communication problems of children who suffer from mental disabilities.
Participants: 90 - ESF contribution: €61 500
A successful strategy for jobs (07/03/2012)
In its ‘Strategy for Success’ project, the Polish district of Rybnik is targeting over 5 000 unemployed fellow citizens with opportunities to get a job or find a better job.
Participants: 1141 - ESF contribution: €1.25 million
A child-centred approach (07/03/2012)
A primary school project covering six administrative regions in Poland took a simple motto as its starting point: “The quality of the first educational experiences is of tremendous importance to further school and life career of a child.”
Participants: 2 700 primary schools - ESF contribution: €9.5 million
Teaching what IT takes (07/03/2012)
Using ESF funding, the State School of Vocational Education in Elbląg developed attractive information technology courses and lectures to encourage pupils in vocational high schools to continue their education in the field of information technology.
Participants: 212 - ESF contribution: €73 600
Learning a trade for a better chance in life (14/10/2011)
A project run by the Vocational Education Centre in Katowice provided ten adolescents from the Educational Centre for Troubled Adolescents in Jaworze with a second chance.
Participants: 10 - ESF contribution: €8 478
Investing in great ideas (04/10/2011)
The Nysa Investment Project – run by the District Labour Office – helped 35 new businesses get off the ground with ESF funding.
Participants: 60 - ESF contribution: €215 000