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Restoring old castles offers job opportunities to unemployed people in Slovakia

An ESF project to renovate medieval castles in Slovakia is proving successful as it reaches its third year. Restoring the 13th century Lednice castle is offering 14 unemployed people from various backgrounds the chance to get back into a job. Ľuboš, a chemical engineer, does not mind the hard manual work: “My contract expired and nobody would employ a 59-year-old man just before retirement. … This is my childhood dream coming true, I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was a young boy.”

The project is popular with the public and makes the castles safer and more accessible to visitors while giving new skills and job opportunities to local businesses and communities.