The ESF funds projects across Europe, they help tackle a range of social issues, such as unemployment. This article shares the highlights from four projects throughout the UK and shares the human stories behind these projects.
The Positive Directions project is aiming to provide training to people aged 16-65 with a disability or long-term condition.
The training concentrates on improving personal and motivational skills, offering opportunities to gain qualifications, with the final goal of moving towards employment, education or training.
Due to ill health Nicola Staples had been out of work for almost 12 years, Positive Directions helped her gain new qualifications and skills as well as greater confidence. She was successful in finding employment with a care charity. Nicola states ‘I will always be grateful for all the help, support and friendship that I have gained whilst on the Positive Directions Programme.’
Scottish people aged 16-29 are being given a boost in their efforts to find employment thanks to the East Ayrshire Youth Employment Initiative.
The ESF funded initiative is offering young people a range of support including wage subsidies, pre-employment training, transitional employment and accredited vocational training. By the end of the support, the aim is to provide sustainable employment, education or apprenticeship.
The aim of the project is for young people to receive a good quality offer of employment, education or training, apprenticeship or traineeship when their support ends. After one to one coaching Reagan Kelly is happily employed as an apprentice and taking further training for her new career.
Project Motiv8 provides support to the people of Manchester by helping them to overcome issues and move towards employment.
It was created to benefit people who are experiencing issues such as health, alcohol, drugs or other challenges. The final aim is to improve people skills, health and well-being, and to ideally result in employment, training or volunteering. Redmond is a beneficiary who had been living in temporary accommodation for a number of years. Before he was referred to Motiv8 he struggled to find work. After receiving support, he is now living in permanent accommodation, volunteers regularly and is undertaking training in IT.