The project 'Jongeren aan de Slag' (JONAS) has won the Dutch ESF award 2015 for its successes in helping unemployed young people connect with employers and find work.
Between 2009 and 2014, the ESF helped over 145 000 unemployed young people in the Netherlands improve their chances on the employment market, according to a study by the Dutch statistical office.
Creating new jobs leads to greater efficiency, flexibility and satisfaction among employees, plus it reduces downtime. These are the results of five ESF-funded pilot projects conducted in the Netherlands.
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 Commission has adopted the Dutch national Operational Programme for the implementation of the ESF in the period 2014-2020. This programme outlines the priorities and objectives to spend over 1 billion euros (of which over 500 million from the EU budget) contributing to strengthening economic growth and jobs in all Dutch regions.
On 22 August 2014, the Commission adopted the Partnership Agreement with the Netherlands, paving the way for more than €500 million (current prices) in European Social Fund (ESF) funding in the next seven years.