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Helping the unemployed in Belgium
Helping the unemployed in Belgium (13/05/2016)

A new ESF-supported job centre opens in Liège.

ESF ambassador in Flanders
ESF ambassador in Flanders (19/02/2016)

Three projects in Flemish universities in Leuven, Antwerp and Oostende have been awarded the title ESF Ambassadors in 2016.

The two strange things about the Flemish transnational call
The two strange things about the Flemish transnational call (15/02/2016)

Flanders is the first ESF Managing Authority to publish a call for proposals within the Common Framework, and it is unusual in two ways. Not only does it incorporate a unique preparatory period while still staying within the synchronised timetable, but it also uses Simplified Cost Options throughout.

Coaching entrepreneurship in Wallonia
Coaching entrepreneurship in Wallonia (15/01/2016)

An ESF-backed project helps unemployed people in Belgium to set up their own companies.

Playfully developing a career game plan
Playfully developing a career game plan (06/11/2015)

Some 200 students in the final year of secondary education from the Belgian municipality of Maasmechelen took part in an ESF-backed interactive game introducing them to the local employment market.

Opening up new perspectives
Opening up new perspectives (17/09/2015)

Some 29 jobseekers from 15 countries have just received their European Language Certificates attesting to their abilities in French and German in the framework of a part ESF-funded project in the German-speaking Community of Belgium.

Breaking down barriers to employment
Breaking down barriers to employment (18/06/2015)

An ESF-funded project in the German-speaking Community of Belgium is promoting the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market.

93 employment projects get green light
93 employment projects get green light (02/04/2015)

The Belgian French Community Commission (CoCof) has pledged €360 million to support 93 mainly vocational training projects in Brussels. The ESF will cover €138 million of that amount.

Renewed funds for successful integration project
Renewed funds for successful integration project (12/03/2015)

The social integration project ‘La Ferme’ in the Belgian municipality of Comines-Warneton has been awarded ESF-funds to continue its work.

Industrial painting… a stroke of luck for jobseekers
Industrial painting… a stroke of luck for jobseekers (06/03/2015)

A training course in industrial painting, co-financed by the ESF in Belgium, has proved a great success with 70% of its participants returning to gainful employment.

Commission adopts ESF programme for the region of Brussels
Commission adopts ESF programme for the region of Brussels (19/12/2014)

ESF investments in Brussels address the important socio-economic challenges of the region and support in particular young people and disadvantaged persons

OP for Wallonia and the Wallonia-Brussels Community of Belgium adopted
OP for Wallonia and the Wallonia-Brussels Community of Belgium adopted (15/12/2014)

ESF spending focuses on improved education and training, and better chances for young people and those facing multiple obstacles to finding work.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for the German-speaking Community in Belgium
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for the German-speaking Community in Belgium (10/12/2014)

With a strong emphasis on social measures, ESF spending focuses on education and training for young people and those facing multiple obstacles to finding work.

Commission adopts ESF programme for Flanders in Belgium
Commission adopts ESF programme for Flanders in Belgium (28/11/2014)

The Flemish ESF operational programme will complement national and regional measures aimed at boosting employment and social inclusion.

Giving start-ups a chance
Giving start-ups a chance (27/11/2014)

Entrepreneurs that struggle to secure loans from the bank can get microloans through an ESF-funded project in the Belgian city of Antwerp.

Mental coaching: a score for young people
Mental coaching: a score for young people (14/11/2014)

Belgium’s KRC Genk football club offers its mental coaching professionals to unemployed people in an ESF-funded project.

Partnership agreement with Belgium adopted
Partnership agreement with Belgium adopted (29/10/2014)

On 29 October 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with Belgium, paving the way for more than €1 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.

Selling skills
Selling skills (18/07/2014)

A practical training course in Belgium has given jobseekers a set of saleable skills

New skills bring new opportunities
New skills bring new opportunities (13/06/2014)

Charleroi invests in the skills of women to improve employability

Sustainability on the menu
Sustainability on the menu (16/05/2014)

A city-farm and restaurant project in Flanders is putting its own home-grown produce on the menu

Caring for carers
Caring for carers (06/12/2013)

A care home in Belgium is getting help to improve working conditions for staff

Bringing parents back in play
Bringing parents back in play (31/10/2013)

ESF is providing support for parents in Belgium struggling to get back to work after a timeout

Gardens for growth
Gardens for growth (04/10/2013)

In Belgium, an ESF project is helping disadvantaged schoolchildren make choices for the future

Talents at home and in work
Talents at home and in work (06/09/2013)

In Belgium, parents are getting help to get back to work after caring for children

Certified skilled
Certified skilled (25/07/2013)

Disadvantaged women awarded certificates to promote their new skills

Socially enterprising
Socially enterprising (03/07/2013)

In Belgium, a successful employment association is helping job-seekers in difficult times

Lending for lift-off
Lending for lift-off (21/06/2013)

A microfinance initiative in Brussels is expanding its operations to reach small entrepreneurs and start-ups

A social enterprise on the up
A social enterprise on the up (28/05/2013)

In Flanders, the ESF is helping an employment-related social enterprise re-engineer for fast growth

Made to measure in Flanders
Made to measure in Flanders (07/02/2013)

In Belgium, young unqualified job-seekers are being helped to ‘acclimatise’ to work opportunities

From web to work
From web to work (08/03/2012)

A new website aims to help 1 000 young job-seekers find work-experience opportunities in Flanders

DJ Training
DJ Training (08/12/2011)

The Equinoxe FM radio station in Liège is offering training for a job on the airwaves

Guidance for entrepreneurs
Guidance for entrepreneurs (21/03/2011)

Budding business owners in Belgium are getting a helping hand

Guidance in Ghent
Guidance in Ghent (31/01/2011)

In Flanders, intensive, made-to-measure counselling is being used to get job-seekers into work as quickly as possible

Clust’art: artistic entrepreneurs
Clust’art: artistic entrepreneurs (01/07/2010)

An ESF project in Liège in Belgium is helping budding artists set up on their own