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The ESF in Spain

Spain is opening new pathways into work by investing ESF funding in skills and its education and training system. Young people and those from disadvantaged groups are the main target of measures to boost opportunities and reduce inequalities.

Across Europe and in Spain the ESF is supporting the labour market, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer living standards and more employment opportunities for all EU citizens. It is doing this by investing in Europe’s human capital – its workers, its young people, disadvantaged groups and all those seeking a job. Tens of thousands of ESF projects are active in Europe’s cities, towns, rural communities and neighbourhoods. They are opening doors to better skills, work, qualifications and a more inclusive society for all Europeans.

Better skills, more jobs

Helping young people get a job is a top priority for ESF investments underway in Spain. Some €2.3 billion, including Youth Employment Initiative funding, is earmarked to achieve this goal and it is funding a raft of national and regional projects involving education, training, work placements and apprenticeships. Projects are creating coherent pathways into the workforce: ensuring young people have the relevant skills and qualifications to boost employability, developing their entrepreneurial competences and working with employers to ensure that jobs are sustainable and long term.

Combating exclusion

Spain is also investing heavily in offering opportunities to its most vulnerable social groups and individuals. Some €2 billion is being invested in order to reduce the number of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion by 1.5 million by 2020. People with disabilities, migrants and disadvantaged women are among the target groups for ESF-funded training and social support measures, such as those shown in the nationwide For Talent project co-supported by Repsol, and the PAEM project for women entrepreneurs in Ciudad Real.

Education for opportunities

The ESF is improving the training and vocational education system to boost the quality of the skills and qualifications they offer and their relevance to employers and businesses. Measures are underway to achieve a substantial reduction in the number of students leaving school early without qualifications and to give those who have a second chance, as in the Gradua2 project in Valladolid. The ESF is also investing in the opportunities open to Spain’s graduate students, working to ensure they get experience which spurs innovation and competitiveness in the Spanish economy.