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Fresh start for school dropouts
Fresh start for school dropouts (24/07/2015)

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.

Less administrative burden and more focus on outcomes
Less administrative burden and more focus on outcomes (09/07/2015)

Starting with Sweden and France, a new regulation reduces administrative burden for ESF and YEI projects, allows quicker reimbursement and makes programmes simpler, safer, quicker and more oriented towards outputs and results

Loire region to test Youth Guarantee
Loire region to test Youth Guarantee (24/04/2015)

Some 715 disadvantaged young jobseekers from France’s Loire region will benefit from special support in the framework of the ESF-funded Youth Guarantee over the next 12 months.

Caretaker training for jobseekers ends successfully
Caretaker training for jobseekers ends successfully (27/03/2015)

An ESF-funded training for caretakers organised by the Regional Association of Vocational Training (AREP) of Fourmies in the North of France opens up new job prospects to its 14 alumni.

Continued microcredit support ensured
Continued microcredit support ensured (29/01/2015)

Microcredits will continue in the French department of Haute-Vienne after the association Aleas renewed its agreement with its partners.

Commission adopts operational programme for French Guiana
Commission adopts operational programme for French Guiana (24/12/2014)

The overseas region of Guiana will target ESF investments at young jobseekers and school dropouts, the long-term unemployed and people facing exclusion.

Commission adopts operational programme for the French overseas region of Mayotte
Commission adopts operational programme for the French overseas region of Mayotte (24/12/2014)

Mayotte will use ESF funding to boost skills among the unqualified, the poorly-qualified and young people with the aim of boosting employment and growth.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Martinique, France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Martinique, France (24/12/2014)

Young people and the low-skilled will be the main beneficiaries of ESF investments in Martinique.

Commission adopts operational programme for Lorraine in France
Commission adopts operational programme for Lorraine in France (24/12/2014)

Lifelong learning, training, qualifications and young jobseekers are at the forefront of Lorraine’s ESF investment plans aimed at helping the region reach its Europe 2020 targets.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Guadeloupe and St Martin
Commission adopts the operational programme for Guadeloupe and St Martin (23/12/2014)

The ESF aims to help jobseekers in the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe and St Martin improve their chances of finding work, and to raise standards in the public employment service.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Guadeloupe
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Guadeloupe (23/12/2014)

The French oversees territory of Guadeloupe aims to boost employability among jobseekers and youth through higher qualifications and training in work-related skills.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Guyana
Commission adopts the operational programme for Guyana (23/12/2014)

The ESF will invest in education and training in the French overseas territory of Guyana to ensure that workforce competences and skills are adapted to the labour market and public and socio-economic requirements.

Commission adopts ESF programme for French overseas department of Martinique
Commission adopts ESF programme for French overseas department of Martinique (23/12/2014)

Martinique’s ESF programme targets higher employment, supported by education and social inclusion measures that are guided by local development strategies.

Operational Programme for the Ile-de-France and the Inter-basin of the Seine
Operational Programme for the Ile-de-France and the Inter-basin of the Seine (23/12/2014)

Investments in Ile-de-France will address education, training, social inclusion of marginalized communities, support for most fragile regions and SMEs, as well as environmental issues

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Réunion
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Réunion (23/12/2014)

The Isle of Réunion will focus ESF spending on its more disadvantaged groups with the aim of improving skills and employability.

Commission adopts operational programme for Poitou-Charentes in France
Commission adopts operational programme for Poitou-Charentes in France (22/12/2014)

The Poitou-Charentes region is promoting entrepreneurship and training to boost employment, particularly among women and poorly-qualified workers.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Corsica in France
Commission adopts the operational programme for Corsica in France (22/12/2014)

The Corsica region must help jobseekers, both young and old, to become better qualified and equipped to fill the growing number of vacancies being created by those reaching retirement age.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Picardy, France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Picardy, France (22/12/2014)

Picardy is targeting young people in its ESF operational programme, as well as general skills among the wider workforce.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in France (22/12/2014)

ESF spending in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region is targeted primarily at its young people, whether qualified, unqualified or facing difficult circumstances.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for the Pays de la Loire region, France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for the Pays de la Loire region, France (22/12/2014)

School students, young jobseekers, the poorly-qualified and older workers are targeted by the Loire region’s ESF strategy to meet employment needs.

Work(ing) for you
Work(ing) for you (19/12/2014)

In the French city of Lyon, an ESF-funded project promotes the integration of Roma with great success.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Haute Normandie in France
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Haute Normandie in France (19/12/2014)

Poorly-qualified jobseekers, especially the young, are the target of Haute Normandie’s investment in qualifications and lifelong learning for inclusive, smart growth.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Limousin region in France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Limousin region in France (19/12/2014)

Limousin will use ESF spending to implement innovative approaches to boosting skills, in particular among the least qualified jobseekers in the region.

Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Alsace
Commission adopts ESF operational programme for Alsace (19/12/2014)

The Alsace region in France will use ESF funding to boost education, skills and qualifications; as well as supporting new enterprises and the social economy.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Brittany in France
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Brittany in France (19/12/2014)

Brittany will use ESF spending to focus on education and training in order to boost skills levels across the region.

Commission adopts operational programme for Nord-Pas de Calais
Commission adopts operational programme for Nord-Pas de Calais (17/12/2014)

Nord-Pas de Calais’ operational programme is promoting higher qualifications, job-related skills and apprenticeships to tackle unemployment and social exclusion.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Lower Normandy
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for Lower Normandy (12/12/2014)

Lower Normandy in France is targeting ESF investment on raising the skill levels of its most poorly-qualified citizens.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Midi-Pyrénées and Garonne in France
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Midi-Pyrénées and Garonne in France (12/12/2014)

ESF spending plans in the Midi-Pyrénées and Garonne region will target education, training and qualifications as pathways into work.

Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Champagne-Ardenne region in France
Commission adopts multi-fund operational programme for Champagne-Ardenne region in France (08/12/2014)

The operational programme targets education and training opportunities that are aligned with the region’s changing jobs and business environment.

Professional diving in La Réunion
Professional diving in La Réunion (05/12/2014)

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.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Bourgogne
Commission adopts the operational programme for Bourgogne (04/12/2014)

Bourgogne will focus ESF funding on improving the skills and qualifications of poorly-qualified or marginalised jobseekers, with high-quality apprenticeships a priority.

Commission adopts multi-fund programme for the Centre region in France
Commission adopts multi-fund programme for the Centre region in France (04/12/2014)

France’s Centre region will focus ESF spending on raising skills and qualifications and improving the employability of its young people.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Auvergne in France
Commission adopts the operational programme for Auvergne in France (02/12/2014)

Auvergne is using ESF funding to boost employment by supporting new businesses and helping poorly-qualified jobseekers ¬improve their skills and qualifications.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Franche-Comté and Jura
Commission adopts the operational programme for Franche-Comté and Jura (28/11/2014)

ESF investment in Franche-Comté and Jura focuses on improving skills and qualifications to support job creation in the local economy.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Aquitaine in France
Commission adopts the operational programme for Aquitaine in France (28/11/2014)

Aquitaine will use ESF funding to boost youth skills and employment, reduce university drop-out rates and spread the spirit of entrepreneurship wider.

Commission adopts the operational programme for Languedoc-Roussillon in France
Commission adopts the operational programme for Languedoc-Roussillon in France (27/11/2014)

ESF spending in Languedoc-Roussillon is targeting youth work skills, job-related skills and lifelong learning to increase employment.

Commission adopts operational programme for the Rhône-Alpes in France
Commission adopts operational programme for the Rhône-Alpes in France (27/11/2014)

ESF investment in the Rhône-Alpes seeks employment growth in the face of particular demographic and economic challenges.

Commission adopts ‘support and coordination’ programme for France
Commission adopts ‘support and coordination’ programme for France (27/11/2014)

France’s national-level Europ’Act programme will ensure better outcomes for the many regional programmes, including in overseas departments and territories.

Adoption of the operational programme for metropolitan France
Adoption of the operational programme for metropolitan France (10/10/2014)

The European Commission has today adopted the French national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in mainland France in the period 2014-2020.

Restoring labour opportunities
Restoring labour opportunities (25/09/2014)

In the French town of Logny-lès-Aubenton, the church is being restored as part of an ESF-funded labour insertion project.

Partnership agreement with France adopted
Partnership agreement with France adopted (12/08/2014)

On 8 August 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with France, paving the way for more than €6 billion (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.

Incubating ideas
Incubating ideas (01/08/2014)

In Paris the Agoranov incubator is helping turn R&D ideas into successful businesses

A pearl of a project
A pearl of a project (26/06/2014)

In France, the ESF-supported PERLE project is successfully helping the homeless into accommodation and jobs

Youth Employment Initiative: first programme adopted
Youth Employment Initiative: first programme adopted (03/06/2014)

The European Commission has adopted today the first Operational Programme with France to use the available funding from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to tackle youth unemployment.

An inclusive cuisine
An inclusive cuisine (02/05/2014)

A restaurant in Brittany is helping immigrant women to integrate better

Parental leave and preparing for work
Parental leave and preparing for work (21/03/2014)

Using parental leave to prepare for a new career is at the heart of an ESF project in Brittany

An appetite for learning
An appetite for learning (16/01/2014)

In France, a vocational school is helping young drop-outs reconnect with education

Praises and prizes
Praises and prizes (10/01/2014)

Four neighbourhood social inclusion projects in France have received awards for their work

The ‘right stuff’ training
The ‘right stuff’ training (11/12/2013)

In France a creative approach is helping jobseekers build their self-confidence

Sparkling careers
Sparkling careers (31/10/2013)

In France, the ESF is supporting a project to ease young people into working life

Skills for business success
Skills for business success (06/09/2013)

In France, would-be entrepreneurs are being offered all-round training in the skills they need to set up in business

Back on-board
Back on-board (05/06/2013)

Normandy offers a second chance to early school leavers

Jobs on the menu
Jobs on the menu (16/05/2013)

In the past years, ESF support has helped finance over 1400 projects to improve employment and social needs in the Alsace region

The drive to work
The drive to work (25/03/2013)

In France, job-seekers are on the move through a car-mobility scheme supported by the ESF

Focus on farming
Focus on farming (12/12/2012)

The ESF supports discussions on small-scale farming opportunities and practices in southern France

English version of French portal on EU Funds
English version of French portal on EU Funds (05/12/2012)

The English version of a web site with comprehensive information on the use of European funds in France has just been published.

Better people skills
Better people skills (14/11/2012)

The ESF in France is promoting better people-management skills among SMEs

Women in social enterprise
Women in social enterprise (25/10/2012)

In the Midi-Pyrénées region in France, the ESF is helping young women entrepreneurs to join the social economy

Silver start-ups
Silver start-ups (21/09/2012)

In the French Indre region, the ESF is helping older jobseekers to set up in business for themselves

Forging future metalworkers
Forging future metalworkers (03/08/2012)

ESF training support for young people and the metalworking sector in the French Alsace region

The language of success
The language of success (20/07/2012)

In the Saône-et-Loire region in France the Lutilea Association is giving young immigrants the French language skills they need to get a job and integrate better

Jobs without gender
Jobs without gender (29/06/2012)

In France, prizes are available to young job-seekers who ignore gender stereotypes

A European network for helping disabled job-seekers
A European network for helping disabled job-seekers (19/04/2012)

The CSR+D network is stressing the creative and innovative potential of disabled workers

A bank lending kit
A bank lending kit (29/02/2012)

In France, an ESF-supported network is helping young entrepreneurs get bank loans more easily

Celebrating 1000 second chances
Celebrating 1000 second chances (13/01/2012)

A School for Second Chances in south-west France is celebrating passing the 1000 mark in its efforts to help young people

Raising the Tempo on working conditions
Raising the Tempo on working conditions (28/10/2011)

A nationwide ESF project is helping companies in France to improve working conditions

Bordeaux rewards young entrepreneurs
Bordeaux rewards young entrepreneurs (24/10/2011)

In Bordeaux, the ESF is supporting awards for young business leaders from depressed urban areas

Friendly opportunities in France
Friendly opportunities in France (26/08/2011)

France offers a ‘trampoline’ into work for disadvantaged young people

Boot camp for would-be entrepreneurs
Boot camp for would-be entrepreneurs (27/04/2011)

French business-advice organisations are helping budding entrepreneurs to survive the first difficult years

Risk management goes transnational
Risk management goes transnational (01/04/2011)

With ESF support, a transnational university project will create new risk management specialists in Romania

A telephone for training
A telephone for training (24/02/2011)

A French helpline is giving advice on training opportunities to a range of callers.

A partnership for jobs
A partnership for jobs (09/02/2011)

Spanish, Italian and French partners launch a transnational project for a regional employment information system.

Nappy Happy
Nappy Happy (31/01/2011)

A French female green entrepreneur is leading the fight against disposable nappies

Supporting micro-projects in France
Supporting micro-projects in France (27/01/2011)

A French region is using ESF funding to kick-start employment-related micro-projects with 100% funding

Supporting start-ups
Supporting start-ups (01/01/2011)

A new business accelerator is helping IT entrepreneurs in Paris to take their first steps

A woodworking woman
A woodworking woman (31/12/2010)

A young female cabinetmaker and her employer are bidding for a gender equality prize in France

Union on Reunion
Union on Reunion (01/12/2010)

On the Isle of Réunion an ESF project is giving aspiring fishermen vital skills

Rampart restoration
Rampart restoration (02/11/2010)

A medieval French town is rebuilding its ancient walls while giving it’s unemployed citizens new skills in restoration work

Building new careers
Building new careers (30/06/2010)

The ESF is helping people in France retrain for jobs in demand in the construction sector

ESF on the Island of Reunion
ESF on the Island of Reunion (02/06/2010)

Support for jobs in the voluntary sector

French pathways to work
French pathways to work (01/06/2010)

Skilled workers en route to a secure future

Opening doors to the labour market
Opening doors to the labour market (01/06/2010)

French jobs plan puts people on the path to work

Working with wine
Working with wine (01/04/2010)

In northern France a group of handicapped workers are taking over a vineyard

Jobseekers’ skills surgery
Jobseekers’ skills surgery (03/03/2010)

An ESF event in Valenciennes helps young jobseekers brush up their interview skills

French women branch out
French women branch out (01/03/2010)

Pressing for equal opportunities in the workplace