The ESF is funding tens of thousands of projects across the Union that make a real difference to the lives of millions of individuals. Here you can find some examples.
Ljungnäsvillan is giving people who are long-term unemployed, new to Sweden, or born abroad, better employment chances. The project, based in a country house by the sea in Småland, offers on-the-job training in restaurant and café work, organic farming, property maintenance, and the conference and rental business, as well as vital language skills. “In Småland the number of jobs in industry has fallen sharply in recent years. So the region has got to work towards restructuring the job market since the demand for labour in services and health care is growing,” says project manager Elisabeth Stake.
In Sweden today, more than one in five foreign-born women of working age do not have a job. That's why the Swedish Public Employment Service has set up Mirjam. Mirjam’s small coaching groups, at six locations across Eastern Central Sweden, provide job-related guidance and inspiration for newly-arrived refugee women. During a ten-week course, participants learn about the Swedish labour market, study opportunities, financial support for studies, rights in society, and work/life balance. They also study Swedish, as language is one of the biggest barriers to work.
Gävleborg in Sweden has high rates of unemployment and is benefiting from the Youth Employment Initiative, under a project called Young in Gävleborg. As the name suggests, the project targets young people aged 15 to 24 who are not in employment or education. Ten project groups across the region, offer participants coaching and job counselling, as well as the opportunity to take part in motivational activities and internships. Working one-to-one with individuals, but encouraging teamwork and group activities, Young in Gävleborg helps young people to learn important life skills.
New skills bring a community together (17/05/2017)
Yalla Sofielund, a partnership between the City of Malmö and the social enterprise Yalla Trappan, has been designed to support people predominantly in the city’s Sofielund neighbourhood. Project Secretary Maria Svenning explains why: "Sofielund has long remained something of a problem area in Malmö, with poverty, crime and social exclusion. At the same time, it's an area where a lot is going on in different cultural and community associations, and where people show a high level of commitment."
Increasing independence…cultivating confidence! (17/05/2017)
Taking on an internship is one thing, but travelling to another country to do it? That's life-changing! And it's this extra level of challenge that makes Active Mobility successful. The project, run by the Activa Foundation with the Swedish Employment Office, Social Insurance Office and six county municipalities, is aimed at supporting young people with disabilities to find work, by offering accompanied internships in other countries.
Collaborations help immigrants to find work fast (17/05/2017)
A collaboration between adult education providers in Sweden and SFI, the national free Swedish language course, is hoping to shorten the time it takes for immigrants to learn the language and find sustainable work. YFI integrates vocational classes with Swedish language training to offer a combined study programme for new arrivals, immigrants and long-term unemployed immigrants. Integrating the studies in this way not only holds participants’ interest over the course of the training, but saves time.
Helping people with mental health issues into work (16/05/2017)
People who live with mental illness often find it difficult to find work. That’s why six organisations in western Sweden are working together on Inclusive Rehabilitation – a project designed to raise awareness of mental health issues, and give people practical employability support. Inclusive Rehabilitation includes seven sub-projects supporting not just individuals, but the services that work with them.
Supporting asylum seekers in southern Sweden (08/06/2016)
A project that brings together six municipalities in Sweden in order to support asylum seekers’ integration into the jobs market – and wider society
ESF Contribution : SEK 24 953 751 – Number of Participants : 1 400
Healthcare reforms seek to empower staff (07/06/2016)
A project in northern Sweden is introducing reforms to healthcare services that ensure staff can focus on the work for which they are specifically trained.
ESF Contribution : SEK 7 427 059 – Number of Participants : 190
Training helps employees stay on top of their game (25/07/2014)
A project in Sweden provided training that helped more than 1700 employees from 27 companies keep their skills up-to-date.:
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 500 000 – Number of Participants : 1 700 employees from 27 companies
Getting marginalised youth into the labour market (10/06/2014)
In Sweden, a project achieved to get students off to a successful career start by rethinking the way in which internships are organised.
ESF Contribution : EUR 3 000 000 – Number of Participants : 2 500
Innovative job method ensures no one left behind (19/05/2014)
A project in Sweden applied a product/service development approach to help the long-term sick and unemployed find work or start businesses.
ESF Contribution : 968 000 EUR – Number of Participants : 261
Meeting young people in their own space (28/02/2014)
In Sweden, a successful project contributes to getting young people back into work or education by reaching out to them through ‘youth ambassadors’.
ESF Contribution : EUR 2 816 974 - Number of Participants : 354
Helping drop-out prone students stay the course (20/01/2014)
In Sweden, a project is taking a comprehensive approach to tackling early school leaving by combining personal follow-up with actions targeting municipalities, schools and society at large.
ESF Contribution : EUR 10 930 000 – Number of Participants : Around 50 municipalities
Supporting young people back to education or work (25/10/2012)
The Utsikten project in Sweden aims to help young adults with special needs, either related to mental health or a disability, to re-enter education or the workplace.
Number of participants: 90
Lending peer support to enter the job market (22/10/2012)
Job College in Sweden supports young people to access the labour market, helping to prevent youth unemployment and support youth at risk. The project places a great emphasis on peer learning.
Number of participants: 2 483
Coaching people back into work and study (26/07/2012)
Immigrants often face difficulties finding work in their host country when factors such as a new language, unrecognised qualifications and social changes come into play. Barriers to employment also confront many young people. As a result, both groups face the danger of benefit dependence.
Participants: 700 – 1 000 - ESF contribution: SEK 19 592 496
Workplace learning in focus (03/10/2011)
In-service training for healthcare staff develops skills and improves quality assurance to address the needs of nursing staff based on the demands in the work place.
Participants: 5,000 nursing assistants and auxiliary nurses - ESF contribution: SEK 7.9 million
Coached to succeed (29/09/2011)
An ESF-backed project in Malmö, Sweden, is trying to integrate socially excluded youth between the ages of 18-24 into society using a number of innovative methods.
Participants: 450 (expected 900) - ESF contribution: €502 794
Training your way into work (15/07/2011)
Work Factory’ was a successful project implemented in Amal, Sweden, from 2008 to 2010. It focused on getting young unemployed people into work, studies or training.
Participants: 322 - ESF contribution: €432 557