The economic situation in the EU started gradually improving nearly two years ago, and most Member States have recently registered positive GDP growth. Employment has started picking up, with improvements now materialising in most sectors.
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.
The ESF-funded project Proeisol helped 250 jobseekers find employment in Badajoz, Spain, with 64% of project participants entering the healthcare sector.
An ESF-funded project in the framework of the Youth Guarantee scheme is aiming to boost employment in Middle Norrland, North Middle Sweden and South Sweden.
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.
The ESF-funded project ‘Green District’ has now presented its results in creating a network for exchanging good practices and training in the construction sector in the Italian Province of Prato.
The social integration project ‘La Ferme’ in the Belgian municipality of Comines-Warneton has been awarded ESF-funds to continue its work.
Over the past 18 months, the partly ESF-funded project Second Success has helped 25 residents of Torfaen County Borough in Wales re-enter the employment market.
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.
A new partly ESF-funded project has been launched in Malta to provide nurses at St. Vincent de Paul home for the elderly with up-to-date training.
Thanks to the ESF-funded project ‘First business’, 38 small enterprises have set up shop in the city of Przemyśl and its environs in south-eastern Poland.
The part ESF-funded training plan ISLA for jobseekers in the Spanish province of Cáceres proves to be a success as 223 of its alumni find new employment.
Instilling self-confidence in young people is at the heart of the ESF-funded project ‘Trust in Yourself’, run by the Lithuanian employment agency since 2013.
The region around the Dutch cities of Lochem and Zutphen will receive ESF funding to the tune of EUR 481 250 to help people who have been unemployed for more than six months back into paid work.
The Slovenian government has announced a new part ESF-funded project to help young graduates in Slovenia make the transition from university to employment.
With ESF support the business development centre Væksthus Syddanmark will launch a new EUR 4 million initiative to further growth and job creation in the south of Denmark.
The European Commission proposes to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative available as early as this year. This change will increase by up to 30 times the pre-financing Member States receive to boost youth employment - reaching up to 650 000 young people and helping them get into work, faster.
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.
The consequences and lessons of the economic crisis for jobs and living standards are the subject of the latest ‘Employment and Social Developments in Europe’ review, published by the Commission on 15 January.
The part ESF-funded Business Support Programme for Women (PAEM) has offered entrepreneurial guidance to more than 2150 women in the Spanish city of Ciudad Real since its inception in 2000.
Young people and those in danger of exclusion and poverty are at the centre of Portugal’s ESF programme for social inclusion.
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.
The European Community of Practice on Gender Mainstreaming (GenderCoP) has developed a tool to improve the quality and efficiency of Structural Funds processes at EU and Member State level by providing clear explanations of ESF requirements and examples of good practice on how to achieve gender equality in all cycles of the ESF.
A six-month job placement for unemployed youth, and funding for start-up companies: an ESF co-funded job creation scheme in Wales sets an example for others.
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.
Top Chef Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall has won an award at the Europe wide RegioStars 2014 in the ‘Inclusive growth: Creating jobs for the young generation' category.
The Commission adopted today the communication "Working together for Europe's young people – A call to action on youth unemployment". It stresses once more that among all efforts to get the economy growing again, combatting youth unemployment is a top priority.
The Commission has proposed rules to make the Youth Employment Initiative a reality. This new instrument with a budget of €6 billion for the period 2014-20 was proposed in February by the European Council.
A Danish region is using ESF funding to investigate how to attract more men into vocational education and less male-oriented professions
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).
The new 'Youth Opportunities Initiative' adopted by the Commission, calls on Member States to work on preventing early school leaving; helping youngsters develop skills relevant to the labour market; ensuring work experience and on-the-job training and helping young people find a first good job.