Det siger de om ESF
Back to school in Estonia
ESF funds help Estonian schools to encourage adults who left school early to continue their studies.
ESF ambassador in Flanders
Three projects in Flemish universities in Leuven, Antwerp and Oostende have been awarded the title ESF Ambassadors in 2016.
Making up for missing professional qualifications
A successful ESF-backed project in the Austrian Burgenland helps people get their informal work experience and skills recognised professionally to improve employment prospects in these challenging economic conditions
Improving conditions for Roma
ESF funding has been cleared for activities, including early childhood education and social work, aimed at improving the lives of Slovakia’s Roma population.
Boost for lifelong academic learning
The University of Education in the German city of Karlsruhe plans to launch a project to promote lifelong academic learning with support from the ESF and the Baden-Württemberg Science Ministry.
Connecting theory with practice
Thanks to an ESF-backed project, Slovakian construction workers gained first-hand experience and training in local businesses.
Vienna to set up college for 1000 young refugees
The Austrian capital Vienna is planning to establish a part ESF-funded college for young refugees aged between 15 and 21 to ease their transition into the regular education and vocational training system.
A boost for science and knowledge transfer
The Italian Region of Abruzzo and the National Laboratories of Gran Sasso have successfully collaborated to stimulate knowledge transfer and interest in the sciences, according to recently presented results of two ESF-backed projects.
Fresh start for school dropouts
One year after launch, more than 100 young school dropouts have accepted the support of the ESF-funded platform PSAD in the French agglomeration communities of Lens-Liévin and Hénin-Carvin.
Social workers upgrade skills
An ESF-backed project which gave over 750 social workers and caregivers the opportunity to boost their professional skills has now come to a successful close in the Czech town of Otrokovice.
Making learning science fun
ESF funds have allowed more than 200 students from two schools in the Polish town of Ostróda to dabble in robot design and programming over two years.
Forberedelse af fremtidens maritime arbejdsstyrke
Det danske vækstforum for Region Hovedstaden »Vækstforum Hovedstaden« og ESF har øremærket 20 mio. DKK (2,7 mio. EUR) til et treårigt projekt, der skal bekæmpe den kommende mangel på faglærte i den maritime industri.
Trades offer way out of long-term unemployment
The Czech NGO ‘Vzájemné soužití’ is organising trade qualification and retraining courses for the long-term unemployed in the east of the Czech Republic. The partly ESF-funded project mainly targets Roma.
Second chance for school dropouts
The ESF-funded project ‘Gradua2’ offers young people over 18 from Valladolid (Spain) a new opportunity to graduate from high school.
Science/SME exchange to give competitive edge
In an ESF-funded drive to increase the competitiveness of local SMEs, employees of universities and businesses in the Polish region of Małopolska are turning back the clock and becoming trainees.
Educating the educators for better Roma inclusion
A total of 2706 teachers, psychologists and tutors at 200 Slovakian primary school have so far completed training programmes intended to foster the inclusion of marginalised Roma communities. A further 1500 will follow suit before the end of the ESF-funded project in October 2015.
New opportunities for university dropouts
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has launched a new round of part ESF-funded projects to spark university dropouts' interest in apprenticeships and vocational training.
New opportunities, new jobs
Thanks to an ESF-backed project, some 3000 unemployed people in Lithuania can benefit from free training to qualify for professions currently in demand.
Professional diving in La Réunion
Six young SCUBA divers were hired to work on the construction of a new coastal road on the French island of Réunion. Their training was financed by the ESF.
Matching jobs with people
In the Dutch region of Drechtsteden, young people are guided in their career choices by professional “matchmakers”.
Basic skills for all
In Austria, an ESF-funded initiative offers free literacy courses for adults and helps them finish compulsory education.
Jobs for the young
In Cyprus, unemployed young people can benefit from an ESF-funded work placement scheme.
Hands-on career guidance
Romanian school students are getting better prepared for their career choices with visits to future workplaces
Work in fashion
In Italy fashion students are getting the communications skills that count with ESF support
In Slovenia, school students are getting the chance to acquire entrepreneurial skills through a new ESF project
A practical training course in Belgium has given jobseekers a set of saleable skills
An ESF project in the UK is helping jobseekers to invest in a personal skills portfolio
Over the finish line
In Austria, the exam success of apprentices is being boosted with made-to-measure help
Better legal language
A new court-interpreter training course in Finland will give a boost to the justice system
Licensed to skill
An ESF co-funded technology centre for school students aims to boost interest in science
Islands of talent
In the Portuguese Azores the ESF is supporting new professional training courses to boost skills
Jobseekers in Spain are getting IT skills to support culture and heritage
Learning in Lisbon
Young Polish hoteliers obtain international certificates in Portugal thanks to an ESF project
‘Disability is not an obstacle to study’ is the motto of a new ESF project in Lithuania
A union and university partnership helps students develop skills and work opportunities
Healthcare with foresight
In Slovakia, the ESF is promoting specific medical specialisation training to avoid future shortages
Slovak school wins prize for the most successful implementation of an EU project
Reaching out to young Roma
In Plovdiv, the ESF is helping to convince young Roma of the opportunities that educational qualifications can offer them
Universities in Slovakia are offering more practical training to students with the help of companies
Developing young talent
Slovenia deploys ESF funding to boost the employment of young people in electronic publishing and cultural and arts education
First career steps
In Bucharest an ESF project has been helping graduates move from education into employment
Scotland boosts college places
Scotland is investing GBP 13 million (EUR 15 million) in new college places in areas that are in particular demand by employers
Skills from Spacelabs
In Vienna, a programme for young people is encouraging them to get formal qualifications as well as practical skills
Et dansk projekt støttet af Den Europæiske Socialfond hjælper højtuddannede jobsøgende i arbejde i lokale virksomheder.
From theory to practice
In Poland, new university laboratories will help students practice their skills and prepare themselves for better jobs
Young Bulgarian researchers are getting the chance to sharpen their skills through visits to science centres abroad
Croatia implements an EU-funded programme for children with disabilities
The ESF is promoting ‘universities of the future’ in Romania with the latest IT technologies
In Austria a training guarantee programme is giving young people the skills and openings they need for jobs
Truants back on track
A nationwide ESF project in Germany is helping disadvantaged young people leave school with qualifications
A transnational project on student entrepreneurship in Romania attracts 200 new students
Gardens for growth
In Belgium, an ESF project is helping disadvantaged schoolchildren make choices for the future
Boosting Roma education
An ESF project which improved the educational opportunities for Roma children has just ended in Romania
Nurturing R&D talent
Slovenia is giving ESF support to researchers at an early stage of their career to help build a research-led economy
Diseases of the nervous system are at the heart of a German-Estonian research project
Teaching the teachers
In Bulgaria, schoolteachers are being offered new competences and skills as part of their career development
Skills for all Seasons
Slovakia is using ESF funding to boost technical and work-related skills among all age groups
Jobs for the future
In Lithuania, the ‘I Love My Job’ project helps schoolchildren to choose a profession
In Estonia, 12 700 teachers gain ICT skills
Recognising soft skills
The Czech Republic is taking steps to raise the profile of ‘informal education’ and the skills that go with it
Young European professionals shine at the WorldSkills competition in Germany
Italian region favours jobs, business and tourism with training that is targeted at local needs
A summer surgery for skills
With ESF help, medical students in Bulgaria are being offered summer internships to gain experience of the job market
Danmark benytter støtte fra ESF til at tiltrække studerende til sektoren for vedvarende energi
Normandy offers a second chance to early school leavers
City hall for all
In Slovakia, the ESF is helping young people experience the workings of local government
Drop-in for help
The ESF is helping reduce the number of students dropping out of vocational studies in Finland
The craft of the carpenter
Polish apprentices are in Germany to learn the precision skills needed for constructing and repairing wooden buildings
First job? Safety first!
Latvia is using ESF funding to ensure new and potential employees will be better protected from accidents at work
Careers on the Go
The ESF in Hungary is guiding schoolchildren towards successful career-planning choices with a mobile volunteer force
Schools going digital
Schoolchildren in Slovakia are getting access to the latest digital teaching technologies with ESF support
Fit for the high street
Luxembourg Fit4Commerce programme completes third training round for job-seekers in the booming retail sector
Beskæftigelse og biodiversitet
En ny rapport undersøger sammenhængen mellem beskæftigelsen og EU's biodiversitetsmål - og de nye kompetencer, som arbejdsstyrken skal have for at indfri målene.
Region Nordjylland hjælper langtidsledige til et karriereskift med støtte fra Den Europæiske Socialfond
Kassel is showing how to convince school drop-outs to return to the classroom
Trivsel i skolen
God morgenmad og en "morfar-mentor" er nogle af de tiltag, der skal sikre, at unge færdiggør skolegangen.
Ireland launches training courses for the unemployed offering skills that are in demand
Reducing Roma drop-outs
ESF community centres are helping young Roma to complete their education and get new opportunities
The language of success
Hungary is supporting foreign language skills and IT training to boost employability and competitiveness
ESF: En vigtig bidragsyder til livslang læring
En ny evalueringsrapport viser hvor vigtig en rolle ESF spiller som bidragsyder til projekter vedr. livslang læring i hele EU. Rapporten ser på disse aktiviteters indvirkning på unge, ældre arbejdstagere og personer med et lavt uddannelsesniveau.
Polishing IT skills
A Polish university is helping industry meet the demand for computer experts
Poland is offering financial support to students choosing scientific and engineering subjects
Upgrading medical skills
A training programme for medical professionals in Latvia is being expanded to meet the demand for new and better skills
Science on the screen
An ESF co-funded television programme in Estonia is popularising science as a career and winning awards
Breaking glass ceilings
In Germany, Uni-Heilbronn launches an ESF cross-mentoring programme for female students to boost their top-job prospects
EU at risk on missing targets on early school leaving and graduate education
The European Union is at risk of missing its 2020 targets to reduce the number of early-school leavers and increase the share of students completing tertiary education, according to a report which will be discussed by Ministers at the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council on Friday (10 February).
Education for all in Greece
Greece launches new initiative to improve educational chances for immigrant and returning emigrant’s children
Helping horticulture in Spain
The Murcia region in Spain is training export managers in its thriving fruit and vegetable sector to respond to its future needs.
Training tourism leaders
An ESF co-funded programme for tourism managers and supervisors in Malta is launching a second training round.
Aligning teachers’ skills
A Polish city is using ESF funding to prepare its teachers and trainers for the future needs of the region
Union on Reunion
On the Isle of Réunion an ESF project is giving aspiring fishermen vital skills
Making physics interesting
In Poland, over 5 000 pupils and 70 teachers took part in a competition aimed at encouraging the study of physics and the sciences
A medieval French town is rebuilding its ancient walls while giving it’s unemployed citizens new skills in restoration work
School after hours
A Spanish project is keeping schools open after hours to support family-focused events
Boosting IT in Wales
ESF supports investment boost for strategically important digital technology sector in Wales
Poland is upskilling its teachers
ESF projects in Poland are building leadership skills in schools and providing paths into the teaching profession for aspiring vocational teachers
The hands-on Science Academy programme is encouraging German students to follow careers in science and technology
Getting what IT takes
The ESF is co-funding IT sales and marketing training in Tuscany to meet local business needs
Robots in the classroom
Polish primary school pupils polish up their IT skills in the field of computer technology and robotics
A cultural project in Burgas aims at building pride among young people in the region
ESF supports mentoring of young Finnish metal workers