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.
Dutch project funds local talent and innovation (26/03/2021)
In Twente, eastern Netherlands, the Twente Fund for Craftmanship is giving working people, self-employed people and job seekers professional training and guidance to improve their job prospects.
Children and schools get extra Support for Success (23/03/2021)
Bulgaria's Ministry of Education and Science is giving thousands of school students access to a good quality of education and helping them to develop their potential with a project called Support for Success
Digital training courses for lifelong learning (23/03/2021)
Staying up to date with the digital world can be difficult but, thanks to ESF funding, people in north-east Italy can now take a number of free training courses to develop and improve their digital skills.
New ways of teaching help the bio-economy to grow (01/03/2021)
A project that brings new digital teaching tools to an old trade is hoping to attract more people to train as timber truck drivers, and so provide a much-needed boost for Finland's growing bio-economy.
Making a point: PIN supports Italian innovation (10/02/2021)
Italy’s PIN (Pugliesi Innovativi) project is supporting groups of 18-to-35-year-olds, who have an idea relating to cultural, technological or social innovation, to create exciting business models.
Working ‘More Remotely’ proves relevant and timely (04/02/2021)
A Finnish project, designed to develop remote working skills in leadership, supervision, peer support and change management in the health and social care sector, is proving very timely during COVID-19.
Project gives skills boost to tens of thousands (21/01/2021)
Thanks to a project from Latvia's State Education Development Agency, tens of thousands have been able to take up professional training.
‘Cooking up’ more opportunities for young people (21/01/2021)
“Preparing for the Catering Trades” offers young people in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France the chance to obtain not only catering qualifications but practical, professional work experience.
Still delivering high quality career support (20/01/2021)
Despite the changes due to COVID-19, thousands of Latvian students are continuing to receive high quality career guidance, and have even been able to take part in National Youth Skills competitions.
Ensuring all students can reach the next level (16/12/2020)
Thousands of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students with disabilities now have better access to university education in Ireland, thanks to the ESF-funded Third Level Access project.
Award-winning project is reaching Ireland's youth (15/12/2020)
In Ireland, Youthreach Clondalkin provides a positive “second chance” learning environment for early school leavers. This year, students won national awards for their innovation and leadership skills.
Thousands now have greater access to adult education (15/12/2020)
Thanks to Ireland’s Adult Literacy programme, more than 50,000 adults are not only improving their reading and writing – they are increasing their confidence and participation in social and civic life.
Still helping refugees into work, despite COVID-19 (07/12/2020)
Finding work is hard for refugees and asylum seekers at the best of times. But, despite COVID-19, Germany’s FiBA 2 network is still providing specialist employment advice, training and work placements.
International internships help thousands into work (03/12/2020)
TLN Mobility, an EU exchange programme co-ordinated from Germany, is helping disadvantaged young to discover their strengths, by offering a range of work-related learning experiences abroad.
Medical supplies allow a safe return to studies (27/10/2020)
Students in Greece have been able to safely return to their studies in labs and clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to a project that enabled Higher Education institutions to buy protective equipment.
Funding boost for digital business collaborations (23/10/2020)
Extra COVID-19 funding for a project in Denmark means that more businesses will be able to collaborate with knowledge institutions, develop digital innovations and adapt to a rapidly changing market.
Hundreds of families benefit from Digital Inclusion (15/10/2020)
Luxembourg-based non-profit organisation Digital Inclusion sprang into action during the COVID-19 lockdown, offering computers to households with school-age children that didn’t have one.
Training centre Technocité used in-house expertise, high-performance equipment and the latest software to allow its IT and digital trainees to study from home during Belgium's COVID-19 lockdown.
Strengthening retailers’ digital business (29/09/2020)
Retailers in South Funen, Denmark, have received a boost to help them navigate the changing retail landscape, thanks to extra funding for a project that strengthens their digital business skills.
Postgraduate scholarships for career development (05/06/2020)
Postgraduate education is forming an increasingly important part of every country's economic and social agenda. That’s why a project from Malta's Ministry for Education and Employment is making it easier for people to further their professional development, with a series of higher education scholarships.
Investing In Skills is helping thousands to train (05/06/2020)
In Malta, more than a thousand people a year are undertaking further study as part of their employment, with a scheme called Investing In Skills (IIS).
One Tablet Per Child has proved to be a vital tool (05/06/2020)
An ESF-funded project created to help Malta reach EU benchmarks in education has turned out to be a vital tool in recent months, allowing children to continue their education effectively during the pandemic crisis.
Easing the transition from school to work (02/06/2020)
For some young people, further academic education simply isn't the right choice after school – but they also lack the qualifications to start work or vocational training. For those facing this dilemma in Austria, the Vocational School can help.
Everything but pain: learning in a virtual hospital (29/05/2020)
At the Medical University of Gdańsk, students can now learn vital clinical skills in a realistic setting, thanks to the installation of a new Centre of Medical Simulation (CMS).
‘Competences’ helped Rafał to visualise his future (29/05/2020)
When Rafał finished his degree, finding work should have been easy. But something was wrong: his eyesight was starting to fail.
Helping people with disabilities become independent (28/05/2020)
For most people, everyday activities like making a cup of tea or preparing a sandwich do not require much thought. Some people, however, need a bit of extra help to learn these and other basic life skills.
Intensive incubation helps businesses to grow (25/05/2020)
What's the best way to nurture a business and help it develop? In a Growth Factory, of course!
"The majority of our society regards Roma people as a problem. However, I believe that we are equal as people, equally important." As third year medical student Tamás points out, people with a shared Hungarian and Roma identity often face increased challenges in society.
Encouraging co-operation for wellbeing and inclusion (19/05/2020)
A project from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health has been encouraging young people to work together in ways which don't just improve their overall wellbeing but help them to integrate into working life.
Career counselling for everyone (19/05/2020)
Free, high-quality career counselling is now available to everyone in Estonia, thanks to funding from the ESF.
New teaching model inspires enterprise… and awards! (19/05/2020)
By taking a successful training model and expanding it to work for a range of subjects, an ESF-funded university project from Finland is helping entrepreneurship to flourish – and winning awards along the way.
Targeted support is keeping children in school (18/05/2020)
Tens of thousands of vulnerable children are benefiting from additional classes and access to socio-emotional support, thanks to an EU funded project in Cyprus.
Personalised career help for the Young in Gävleborg (18/05/2020)
The fact that so many Swedish young people are not in education, employment or training is concerning. In central Sweden, however, a project from regional municipality Region Gävleborg has been able to start tackling the problem in a different way, thanks to funding from the European Social Fund.
Specialist employment help is inspiring women (17/05/2020)
For people who have migrated to Sweden from other countries, it can be difficult to find work – often because of educational background, language skills or knowledge of local job markets. These difficulties are even more pronounced for women, which is why the Swedish Public Employment Service has developed a project called Mirjam.
‘Lumen’ casts light on Croatia’s gifted children (21/04/2020)
In Krapina-Zagorje County, Croatia, a project called Lumen is supporting teachers and other educational professionals to learn how to identify gifted children – those pupils with special talents – and to work with them to help develop their potential.
Working with nature to increase employment (21/04/2020)
The Agricultural, Food and Veterinary School of Stanak Ozanic, based in the Croatian county of Zadar, has made free training available via an innovative project called Perma-Horti.
Gifted children are gifted new opportunities (21/04/2020)
Elementary schools in the Croatian region of Zadar are benefiting from a project which identifies gifted children and educates them in a way that makes the most of their talents.
Osuma: inspiring competitors to become co-operators (17/04/2020)
In Finnish, ‘Osuma’ means ‘hit’: hitting the target and being successful. It's the perfect name for a project set up to bring together professionals who have applied for EU funding, and to help their projects ‘hit the target’.
Fun peer-to-peer activities improve wellbeing (17/04/2020)
In Finland, young people are being taught how to create fun and interesting activities for their peers, which don’t only improve everyone's wellbeing, but promote social empowerment too.
Online Homework Help Service has hidden benefits (17/04/2020)
In Finland, an Online Homework Help Service isn't just helping young people with their homework – it's also helping higher education students to learn digital and communication skills, and giving them some valuable work experience along the way.
Children at three Croatian elementary schools have been widening their world knowledge with a Festival of Multiculturalism.
Making Time for Leaders... and inspiring others (16/04/2020)
Time for Leaders is a national initiative to encourage leadership skills within the Lithuanian education system.
‘Out of the woods’ and into nature: Olivier’s story (15/04/2020)
For as long as he can remember, Olivier has known that he wanted to work outdoors, in nature. He also knew that he wanted to make his own decisions and have some autonomy in his professional life. What he didn't know was how he could make his dream happen.
Helping entrepreneurs turn creativity into business (15/04/2020)
For many creative people, running a business can mean learning commercial skills that take them out of their comfort zone. It’s one thing to have creative talent, but quite another to know how to grow and market a business successfully.
New employment strategies lead to social inclusion (15/04/2020)
For some people who have been unemployed for a long time, getting back into work can be a daunting prospect. In central Jutland, Denmark, an ESF-funded project is developing new strategies to create jobs for people who are on the edges of the labour market.
Out of prison and into society (14/04/2020)
When ex-offenders are released from prison, it can be hard to reintegrate. Now, a project from the Estonian Ministry of Justice is offering support, including individual mentoring and good quality accommodation, to help ex-prisoners avoid re-offending and rejoin society.
Training new care workers and changing lives (07/04/2020)
For many years, there has been a shortage of care workers in Cyprus qualified to work with persons with disabilities at home. For people with severe mobility disabilities caused by spinal injuries, including paraplegia and tetraplegia, this often means having to depend on family for help or employing unskilled workers from other countries.
Grants for graduates turn knowledge into business (27/03/2020)
A project that makes grants available to graduates so that they can start a new business – or develop an existing one – related to their studies, is helping to fight unemployment and create new jobs in Greece.
Promoting Poland’s “Best of the Best” (03/02/2020)
A project from Poland's Ministry of Science and Higher Education has been helping gifted students to showcase their creativity and innovation on an international platform – and to win accolades from around the world.
INOV Contacto offers lessons for life (30/01/2020)
A Portuguese international internship programme is giving young people invaluable training – and a life experience they'll never forget.
Helping jobseekers find employment in construction (29/01/2020)
Among those receiving their professional diplomas at Luxembourg's Building Sector Training Institute this year were nearly a hundred graduates from "FIT4 Green & Build Jobs", a project run by employment development agency ADEM and funded by the ESF.
Engaging groups through culture and creativity (19/12/2019)
Include and Activate! That's the call from the Slovenian Book Agency, which is helping to reintegrate people into society through culture and creativity.
Digital Inclusion offers IT skills to everyone (16/12/2019)
The Digi4All project, from social enterprise Digital Inclusion in Luxembourg, is helping to conquer the digital divide, giving more people access to digital literacy skills and computer knowledge.
An extra assistant to help keep children in school (16/12/2019)
A Czech kindergarten has been able to expand its teaching team and offer extra support to pupils who are at risk of failing school later in life – thanks to a new school assistant, funded by the ESF.
Helping hundreds of young people to travel and learn (16/12/2019)
The Galeuropa project is supporting hundreds of young people from the Galicia region of northwest Spain to travel and learn, by matching them up with life-changing traineeships across Europe.
Teachers and students explore science together (10/12/2019)
In the Czech Republic, ESF funding has helped to expand a national network of teachers and schools who love science and share their experiences of exploration-based teaching methods together.
Children from poor, rural families with high unemployment in Poland are offered an opportunity to escape the vicious circle of poverty and dependency on social benefits thanks to ESF-supported youth clubs.
Encouraging more girls into science and technology (06/12/2019)
Computer pioneer Ada Lovelace is the inspiration behind a series of workshops and activities taking place in schools across Spain, designed to encourage more girls into STEM careers.
SkillsLativa is a national competition for Vocational Education Institutions (VET) students, managed by the State Education Development Agency in Latvia.
Helping migrants to integrate and find work (11/07/2019)
In the region of Leiden, in the Netherlands, an innovative educational programme is successfully helping residence permit holders to integrate into society and become economically independent.
Passengers help each other on KolejLove Travels (11/07/2019)
KolejLove Travels allows people with disabilities who want to travel in Poland to register their journey details, then matches them with other passengers who can offer support along the way.
Journal Konterbont is helping everyone to learn (11/07/2019)
A digital magazine called Journal Konterbont isn't just helping people to learn Luxembourgish – it's also helping people with autism to get onto the career ladder with a range of IT and admin skills.
Promoting inclusion for people with disabilities (11/07/2019)
In Luxembourg, the Handi(Cap) Emploi project is coming up with new ways to help businesses better understand the needs of people with disabilities and promote inclusion in the workplace.
The Amsterdam Approach fast-tracks new citizens (10/07/2019)
In the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Approach offers personalised support for refugees with a residence permit, helping them to find work or training quickly and to integrate fully into Dutch society.
Access to Higher Education brings dreams closer (10/07/2019)
For many students with disabilities, accessing higher education can be more difficult. Now, a Lithuanian project called Increasing Access to Higher Education is helping to create equal opportunities.
From farm to fork… and into work (09/07/2019)
As a child, Julien dreamed of becoming a farmer. Now, thanks to a project from the Mons Public Centre for Social Action in Belgium, he isn't just working in organic farming – he's helping others, too!
Jobseekers benefiting from Specific Skills Training (14/06/2019)
A range of Specific Skills Training courses from the Donegal Education and Training Board in Ireland is allowing more and more people to learn vocational skills and find work they love.
A Creative Path to Knowledge that benefits everyone (29/05/2019)
In Slovenia, a project called Creative Path to Knowledge is bringing together university faculties, students and companies to develop innovative solutions to corporate and social challenges.
Giving new businesses the best possible STAR/T (29/05/2019)
In the Netherlands, STAR/T: Startup Accelerator for Refugees in Twente has created an inclusive, supportive community for people who have migrated to the area and want to start their own business.
“Keeping it safe” leads to acceptance and support (29/05/2019)
Let Us Keep It Safe training allows staff to share important de-escalation techniques with clients at a residential facility in the Netherlands, leading to a better living environment for everyone.
Setting people's sights on work (29/05/2019)
In Leeuwarden, Netherlands, a project called Sight On Work is creating better partnerships with businesses, and working with unemployed people to match their skills to the local demand.
Growing In Digital helps young people and businesses (28/05/2019)
Hundreds of young people and companies in Italy are Growing In Digital, thanks to an innovative project that trains young unemployed people in the latest digital skills and matches them with local businesses.
Helping women into work (28/05/2019)
The Office Worker project in the Province of Bolzano, northern Italy, is helping some of the most under-employed people in the area to find administrative accounting work in their new home country.
Jobseekers learn at work with On-the-Job Training (28/05/2019)
The On-the-Job Training project provides unemployed people in Slovenia with guidance from a mentor, and a chance to learn as they work, bringing benefits to both employer and jobseeker.
Turning young people from crime to community (28/05/2019)
In inner-city Dublin, Ireland, the MOST Garda Youth Diversion Project works with young people at risk of turning to crime, giving them opportunities to learn life skills and be part of their community.
Learning to succeed with Youthreach (28/05/2019)
Youthreach is an education and training programme aimed at unqualified early school leavers. It provides second-chance education geared to the specific needs of the individual. Youthreach also provides a safe, structured and supportive environment in which to learn.
Learning on the inside to prepare for the outside (28/05/2019)
The Belgian project Learning Inside Out (LIO) offers high quality educational guidance to inmates in three West Flanders prisons, to ease people’s reintegration into society and help them find work.
Closing the entrepreneurial gender gap (28/05/2019)
In the west of Ireland, EMPOWER is closing the gender gap for entrepreneurs by supporting women to start or grow their own enterprise, network with peers, and fulfil their business potential.
Support, encourage, improve, succeed… Motiv8 (29/03/2019)
Motiv8 offers tailored support to people in Manchester, UK, helping them overcome issues like health conditions, debt, drug or alcohol dependency, and homelessness, and to move towards employment.
Supporting young people in Scotland to find work (29/03/2019)
For young people aged between 16 and 29 in the East Ayrshire area of Scotland, UK, finding work recently became a little easier thanks to the East Ayrshire Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).
Language training at work helps people to belong (27/03/2019)
Competence and Collaboration offers immigrants in Sweden on-the-job training with a difference: connecting workplace and language training, helping them integrate into local job markets and wider society.
Helping young people to help young people (27/03/2019)
In Sweden, Hassela Movement is helping excluded young people to discover their talents and employability, by training them to work with children and young people themselves as a coach.
Making school accessible to everyone (29/09/2017)
Making sure that every child is included, whatever their background, is the aim of a project targeting pre-schools and primary schools in the Slovak Republic. The “School open to everyone” project team has designed a new educational model that promotes the inclusion of children from marginalised Roma communities. The model has been trialed in seven of the Slovak Republic’s less-developed regions. The project aims to ensure that everyone has access to good quality education, by training teachers, assistants and other educational professionals.
A project in Bulgaria proposed adult literacy courses for people with low educational attainment who sought to boost their employability.
ESF Contribution : BGN 13 697 643 – Number of Participants : 16 662
Practical training for young construction workers (19/10/2016)
The Institute for Building Sector Training in Luxembourg is offering a practical training course for young people who are already working in the construction sector or who want to work in this sector.
ESF Contribution : EUR 252 500 – Number of Participants : 19
Technical training for construction workers (13/10/2016)
A project in Luxembourg offers construction workers the opportunity to upgrade their skills to answer companies needs and regulatory requirements and sustain their employability in the long run.
ESF Contribution : EUR 293 700 – Number of Participants : 243
Improving access to education services in Finland (13/09/2016)
A project in Finland aims to improve the delivery of education counselling services for young people. The changes contribute to the implementation of the national Education Guarantee.
ESF Contribution : EUR 261 342 – Number of Participants : 100 participants; 20 educational establishments
Making sure IT graduates are “job ready” (12/09/2016)
A project in Poland giving IT students a chance to gains skills and experience required by employers.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 005 962 – Number of Participants : 391 students; 55 internships
Helping carers cope with the stress of caring (06/07/2016)
A project in Belgium helps healthcare staff deal with the emotional challenges of looking after elderly people. Managers are receiving training to help staff cope with the moral stress of caring.
ESF Contribution : EUR 112 222 – Number of Participants : >1000
The Lifelong Learning Centre in the Municipality of Drama in Greece gave a large number of local residents the opportunity to gain access to education and the potential to gain access to the labour market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 29 809 738 – Number of Participants : 8 980
The project regarding the promotion of the “Digital School” in primary and secondary education in Greece provided the educational community with new tools and perspectives on teaching methods.
ESF Contribution : EUR 8 850 000 – Number of Participants : 800 000
Opening doors to learning for all citizens (24/05/2016)
The “Academy of Plato - The paths to knowledge” project in Greece offered 12 000 pupils, students and adult citizens the opportunity to participate in educational and social networking activities.
ESF Contribution : N/A – Number of Participants : 12 000
A project in Romania introduced an IT system for the processing and evaluation of PhDs and academic titles. The initiative provided a more efficient and transparent service.
ESF Contribution : – Number of Participants : 3 000 PhD students per year
MCAST: creating world class vocational training (29/04/2016)
With 6 000 students and working closely with industry and employers, the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) is dedicated to equipping people with the particular and practical skills that the country’s industry and economy need
Participants: 6000 - ESF contribution: €22 838 860
A programme in Portugal promotes the social inclusion of children and young people. Projects are supported in a range of areas including education, employment and citizenship.
ESF Contribution : EUR 366 730 (2007-2012) – Number of Participants : 2007-2012: ~20 000 participants per year
Staying in school (06/04/2016)
The Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus set in place the Programme for Zones of Educational Priority (ZEP), in an effort to promote tolerance and dialogue and in order to eliminate stereotypes through education.
Participants: 4 centres and 8 zones - ESF contribution: €8 970 000
Tackling early school leaving in Portugal (31/03/2016)
A project in Lisbon, Portugal tackles early school leaving in disadvantaged communities through a variety of measures, including behavioural counselling and additional training options.
ESF Contribution : EUR 907 541 (2007-2012) – Number of Participants : 2 000+
Learning about Greek language, culture and history (27/01/2016)
A project in Greece gave immigrants the opportunity to learn the Greek language while immersing themselves in the country’s culture and history. The goal was to improve their social integration.
ESF Contribution : N/A – Number of Participants : ~3000 per year
Helping migrant families settle into Greek life (27/01/2016)
A project based in Greece gave students and parents from immigrant communities free training in Greek language, culture and civilisation. The goal was to strengthen their integration into Greek life.
ESF Contribution : N/A – Number of Participants : 80 000
Helping marginalised Roma pupils make the grade (15/10/2015)
A project in Slovakia provided a range of activities to help Roma pupils do better at primary school in order to improve their educational attainment and life chances.
ESF Contribution : EUR 177 679 – Number of Participants : 177 pupils; 15 staff
Support measures to keep children in school (14/10/2015)
The Puglia region in Italy developed a project to keep children in school longer in order to improve their life chances and future job prospects.
ESF Contribution : EUR 75 234 327 – Number of Participants : 200 225
Marche students link universities and companies (13/10/2015)
A project brings together universities and companies in the Marche region and proposes doctoral grants that promote applied research integrating academic knowledge and business practices and aiming to innovation.
ESF Contribution : +/- EUR 4 500 000 – Number of Participants : +/- 320
Strengthening education for Roma children (06/10/2015)
A project in Slovakia uses a holistic approach to improve the educational attainment of children from marginalised Roma communities.
ESF Contribution : EUR 24 989 002 – Number of Participants : 22 328 Roma pupils; 5 325 parents; 2 820 education professionals
Selected specialists for schools (21/09/2015)
A project in Lithuania allows young people to work as teachers in one of the schools participating in the project. The project team offers one-to-one support for the participants and arranges courses for them.
ESF Contribution : EUR 208 789.37 – Number of Participants : Over 70
Training courses for Lithuanian teachers with at least eight years’ experience enables participants to acquire new qualifications, to observe work in a difference environment, or to develop new teaching materials.
ESF Contribution : EUR 2 067 696.18 – Number of Participants : Over 100
The IPN training department works to promote the employability of young graduates, stimulating practical, creative and innovative application and better adaptation to the labour market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 439,297.60 – Number of Participants : 1,184
From unemployed to photographer within 18 months (31/08/2015)
Almost 40 schools throughout Latvia provide young people with an opportunity to spend 12–18 months taking up a profession free of charge, receiving a scholarship and getting their first work experience.
ESF Contribution : EUR 12 116 700 – Number of Participants : y
Student assessment for tailor-made education (24/07/2015)
The University of Szeged set up a comprehensive assessment method testing students’ skills, providing tools and training teachers to create a more individual-based and effective educational system.
ESF Contribution : EUR 2 334 000 – Number of Participants : 113 032
Turning Hungary’s museums into tools of education (24/07/2015)
Through a comprehensive training programme for employees, Hungary’s museums were supported in their transformation into modern exhibitions with a visitor- and school-friendly environment.
ESF Contribution : EUR 1 380 522 – Number of Participants : 593
JUNIOR –Students experience business (26/06/2015)
Students experience business in what are referred to as student companies, from the initial idea to implementation. Through this, the students develop an important set of skills for their future careers.
ESF Contribution : 467 500 EUR – Number of Participants : over 3600
Tradition and innovation: Shoes in Italy (25/06/2015)
Part of the Italian design tradition, the Shoes in Italy project has trained 16 young people as artisan shoe designers, giving them a start in the working world.
ESF Contribution : EUR 115,000 – Number of Participants : 16
A project promoting excellence in training, awarding scholarships to graduates from the Marche region in Italy to carry out research projects at CERN, Geneva, followed by internships at Italian businesses and organisations.
ESF Contribution : EUR 328 000 – Number of Participants : 4-6 participants per year
Sparking interest in science and engineering (15/06/2015)
A project in the United Kingdom seeks to inspire young people to think about a career in science or engineering.
ESF contribution: £ 2 100 000 - Number of participants: 7 000
Young entrepreneurs start to grow in the classroom (11/06/2015)
Learn the basics of entrepreneurship at school through play. The Going to Business School project run by the Umbria regional authority teaches 17-year-olds in 40 schools how to develop a business idea.
ESF Contribution : EUR 250,000 – Number of Participants : 900
“Matchmaking” young researchers and SMEs (09/06/2015)
A project in Wales brings young researchers and SMEs together. The postgraduate students work on projects that address the companies’ research needs.
ESF contribution: £ 20 300 000 - Number of participants: 450 projects; 380 companies
Creative opportunities for Belgian jobseekers (29/04/2015)
A project in Belgium offers a unique training programme in the performing arts for jobseekers and young people, and helps them develop the confidence to compete in the jobs market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 57 000 per year – Number of Participants : 24 per year
College helps to prepare young people for work (28/04/2015)
The provision of teacher training and modern equipment is helping Tlmače Technical College in Slovakia improve its students’ chances in the labour market.
ESF Contribution : EUR 271 010 – Number of Participants : 228 students; 21 staff
Strengthening human capital in high-tech industries (29/01/2015)
A project in Italy is strengthening human capital in a number of high-tech economic sectors, notably health and biotechnologies.
ESF Contribution : EUR 4 118 626 – Number of Participants : 160
Improving the curriculum for students – and teachers (26/11/2014)
A project in Croatia led to improvements in a school curriculum for the study of agriculture. The end goal was to improve job opportunities for students.
ESF Contribution : EUR 195 099 – Number of Participants : 60 students; 15 teachers
Raising standards in Austria’s health tourism sector (24/09/2014)
A project in Austria has developed and run training schemes to raise standards in the local health tourism sector.
ESF Contribution : EUR 256 275 – Number of Participants : 1 533 (until 2013)
In-service training helps teachers stay sharp (19/09/2014)
A project in Cyprus helps secondary and vocational school teachers to hone their knowledge and skills.
ESF Contribution : EUR 12 511 450 – Number of Participants : 4 161
Equipping students with skills for life – and work (27/08/2014)
A comprehensive initiative in southern Italy helps secondary school students improve their educational experiences and career chances.:
ESF Contribution : EUR 419 600 000 – Number of Participants : 430 000 students
Cooking up some valuable training and life-skills (31/07/2014)
A project in Germany provided long-term unemployed people with a chance to train in the catering profession, while giving support to bolster family skills.
ESF Contribution : EUR 431 000 – Number of Participants :226
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
School to work for children with special needs (04/07/2014)
A project in Hungary focuses on better schooling for children with special needs, involving teacher training in new methods, and participation of parents and external civil society actors
ESF Contribution : EUR 2.85 million – Number of Participants : Approx. 500
Learning how to save on water and energy costs (03/07/2014)
Trainees on the Clara Youthreach programme benefited from a rainwater harvesting project to learn new skills to serve them in the future, including costing, computing, plumbing and community work
ESF Contribution : 50% – Number of Participants : 25
A project in Croatia helps the highly educated long-term unemployed make a fresh start as employees or entrepreneurs.
ESF Contribution : EUR 148 632 – Number of Participants : 50
Improving attendance at school (12/06/2014)
An innovative Slovakian project has helped almost 400 children with learning difficulties learn what they want to do in life and reduced the risk of them dropping out of school before adulthood.
ESF Contribution : EUR 235 900 – Number of Participants : 390
New honours degree taps potential of video gamers (19/05/2014)
School leavers passionate about video games can enrol on a new honours degree course in software engineering (games development) in Athlone, Ireland, to qualify for a career in a fast-growing industry
ESF Contribution : €626,115.88 – Number of Participants : >200
Investing in reasearch and higher education (09/04/2014)
With support from the ESF, the University of Miskolc in Northern Hungary has greatly strengthened its educational and scientific potential.
ESF Contribution : EUR 7 261 043 – Number of Participants : 468 lecturers and researchers, 60 students in doctoral training
Targeted support brings dropouts back to school (31/03/2014)
In Lithuania, a project provided psychological and pedagogical follow-up for dropouts and those at risk to get them back into the educational system.
ESF Contribution : EUR 2 420 000 – Number of Participants : 870 children at risk
3236 teachers, educators and psychologists
Building bridges to the future (14/03/2014)
A scheme run by the Youth Sociotherapy Centre in Ustka, Poland, helped young people at risk of exclusion become active members of society thanks to a practical approach.
ESF Contribution : EUR 369 543 – Number of Participants : 23
Graduating with a (business) plan (04/03/2014)
In Lithuania, a project helped students acquire the practical skills and experience required to set up their own business after graduating.
ESF Contribution : EUR 758 870 – Number of Participants :1000
‘Future-proofing’ the skills needs of businesses (20/01/2014)
A project in Austria assesses the future skills needs in six industrial sectors and proposes training plans for individual companies.
ESF Contribution : EUR 184 000 – Number of Participants : 200 companies
From the classroom to the boardroom (20/01/2014)
In Lithuania, a project is equipping science and tech students with the additional skills they need to turn their expertise into a business.
ESF Contribution : EUR 551 620 – Number of Participants : 145 students
Inclusive education: connecting the dots (20/01/2014)
In southwest Finland, the MAST project was launched to prevent social exclusion by bringing all those providing educational guidance to young people together under a common framework.
ESF Contribution : EUR 325 599 – Number of Participants : 364 students, 557 staff
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
New car plant drives training boost (10/10/2013)
In Kecskemét, ungary, a project brought training programmes in the field of vehicle engineering in line with new market requirements following the opening of a car plant.
ESF Contribution : EUR 915 757 – Number of Participants : 208
Skills are key for competitiveness (16/09/2013)
A training scheme in Latvia aims to strengthen the performance of businesses across a range of sectors through personalised training offers for their workers.
ESF Contribution : Over EUR 25 000 000 – Number of Participants : About 22 000, including at least 700 young people.
Training in looking after care home patients (30/08/2013)
In the Franche-Comté region, a project set up with support from the ESF is helping improve the care provided to elderly people living in retirement homes.
ESF Contribution : €575 864 – Number of Participants : 559 (in 2012)
To provide made-to-measure training, the comprehensive Centre for Apprentice Training (CFA) in Marzy has reorganised the courses offered with support from the ESF.
ESF Contribution : €675 497 – Number of Participants : Over 600 apprentices per year
Finding a sense of purpose…and belonging (22/08/2013)
A project in Denmark aims to improve the educational attainment of young people who are struggling to find work.
ESF Contribution : EUR 982 713 – Number of Participants : 400
A different pathway for struggling pupils (09/07/2013)
The Productive Learning project, based in the German region of Saxony-Anhalt, replaces conventional educational pathways for vulnerable youngsters during their final two years at school.
ESF Contribution : € 2 570 000 – Number of Participants : 315 students per year
Supporting research careers in Castilla y León (24/06/2013)
The ESF is funding a programme that supports the post-graduate study and training of young researchers in Castile and León, Spain.
ESF Contribution : € 12 563 248 - Number of participants: 280
Recognising the value of informal learning (22/04/2013)
A Danish project is offering training that takes into account experience gained outside formal education, to make sure the local workforce has the skills needed to fill anticipated shortfalls.
ESF Contribution : DKK 15 000 000 – Number of Participants : 2500
Targeted help for local residents (22/04/2013)
A neighbourhood association is providing a place for residents to grow into a vibrant, culturally aware, productive community in the heart of one of Lisbon’s most socially challenged areas.
ESF Contribution : € 779 026 – Number of Participants : The neighbourhood at large, population 6 000
Boosting professionalism in the food sector (16/04/2013)
Highly successful training for the food sector in Portugal is seeing almost all its graduates find work.
ESF Contribution : € 6 762 075 – Number of Participants : 100 000
Greater versatility to tackle the crisis (18/02/2013)
In the Jura mountains, a foundry company has initiated a wide-ranging training programme designed to boost its employees’ flexibility in response to the crisis.
ESF Contribution : €45 636 – Number of Participants : 40 employees (participants in training leading to the award of qualifications).
Coaching for careers (18/02/2013)
In Germany, job coaches help students find an apprenticeship right after they finish school.
Participants: 4 106 - ESF contribution: € 433 808
Nipping violence against young people in the bud (18/02/2013)
In Slovenia, a project provided training to education professionals, parents and volunteers to help them prevent violence and deal with violent incidents.
ESF Contribution : €630 351 – Number of Participants : 2 900 education professionals
Guiding struggling youth towards a career path (21/01/2013)
In Poitou-Charentes, support units for qualifications and integration enable young school dropouts to integrate into professional life or find training.
ESF contribution: €13 608 - Number of participants: 35
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF), co-funded through the European Social Fund, provides assistance to students who are experiencing financial difficulties.
ESF contribution: €277 735 - Number of participants: 738
On-the-job training: successful integration strategy (15/01/2013)
In Midi-Pyrénées, an integration process targeting struggling female job seekers has enabled participants to train and earn at the same time.
ESF contribution: €15 621 - Number of participants: €29 950
Restoring the appetite for our local products (15/01/2013)
In the Vercors district, the training provided in cooking with local produce, backed by the European Social Fund (ESF), meets the growing needs of professionals and consumers.
ESF contribution: €52 776 - Number of participants: 15
Bringing the news to people with hearing impairments (06/11/2012)
Estonian TV offers news broadcasts tailored to the needs of the hearing impaired thanks to a project supported by the ESF.
ESF contribution: €25 254 - Number of participants: 6
Improving skills through quality internships (24/10/2012)
The ‘Convergence between academic training and active life’ project in Romania supports students to complement their academic knowledge with work skills developed during quality internships.
ESF contribution: RON 15 808 474 - Number of participants: 15 255
Promoting primary vocational education (15/10/2012)
The ‘Promotion of Primary Vocational Education Attraction’ project in Latvia enhances the attraction of vocational education by providing scholarship grants to students from 14 to 18 years old.
ESF contribution: €31 264 921 - Number of participants: 31 983 students
Preventing and addressing early-school leaving (15/10/2012)
The Ungdomslots project on the Finnish islands of Åland supports young people, primarily aged 15 to 25 years, to pursue their education with the ultimate aim of preventing long-term unemployment, marginalisation and social exclusion.
ESF contribution: €200 869 - Number of participants: 144
Learning on the job in the automotive sector (15/10/2012)
The OOC project ‘Promoting the influx of juveniles into the Car Bodywork Sector’ aims to find ‘learning on the job’ placements for all new BBL students who attended school between 2009 and 2011.
ESF contribution: €138 000 - Number of participants: estimated 700 participants
Retraining after the crisis (10/10/2012)
The Latvian ESF project ‘Raising teachers’ seeks to retrain teachers.
Participants: 27.486 - ESF contribution: €23.968.460
Raising Roma awareness on education completion (26/09/2012)
The Roma community has made important progress over the last thirty years in Spain. For example, 94% of Roma children start school at the compulsory age or earlier. However, the majority of them drop out of school before completing secondary education.
ESF contribution: EUR 61 324 (first phase) - Number of participants: 3 000
Technology for kids - learning while playing (07/08/2012)
The Bavarian initiative "Technology for Children" introduces kids in a playful way to the topic and is helping to secure the future skills needs.
Participants: 16 258 - ESF contribution: EUR 950 490
A boost for Malta’s professional tourism sector (20/07/2012)
Malta, famous for its historic monuments and costal scenery, is a popular destination for tourists. The industry generates 15% of the country’s gross domestic product and is an important source of employment.
Participants: 1 380
Flexible training in Hamburg (17/07/2012)
Balancing work and family commitments is challenging at the best of times. Looking after young children, the disabled or elderly is a commitment that requires significant time and energy.
Participants: 648 persons (April 2012) - ESF contribution: €298 040
Tailoring skills to the local jobs market (27/03/2012)
Better matching of young people’s skills to employers’ needs is vital for creating more jobs and more-successful businesses in Poland.
Participants: Up to 37 000
Green light for green skills (15/03/2012)
Supporting sustainable development involves giving people the skills that will be in demand in the future.
ESF contribution: €675 540
Supporting frontier IT research (15/03/2012)
The information society is rapidly evolving and pushing us to adopt ever newer ways of doing and working in our daily lives.
Competences for the future (12/03/2012)
In Wallonia in Belgium, the Competence Centre network is the focus for training in the latest skills that the region’s industries and their workers need.
ESF contribution: €1 300 000
Moving on to better jobs (09/03/2012)
The ‘Move On’ project was launched to help schoolchildren with an immigrant background, who are generally more likely to drop out of full-time education early.
Participants: 952 - ESF contribution: €201 000
Taking a close look at your job (09/03/2012)
The Alternatief project run by the Centre for Career Guidance in the province of Limburg in Belgium takes as its starting point the belief that everyone has the right to feel satisfied with his or her working environment – but that an active approach is needed to ensure this.
Participants: over 200 - ESF contribution: €226 000
First of all work! (08/03/2012)
In the Zachodniopomorskie region in Poland, integration employment centres set up with ESF help supported people who face particular obstacles to joining the labour market and finding work.
Participants: 378 - ESF contribution: €512 000
I talk, though I don’t speak (07/03/2012)
Teachers from a school in the city of Toruń in Poland used ESF support to create a systematic approach to the communication problems of children who suffer from mental disabilities.
Participants: 90 - ESF contribution: €61 500
A child-centred approach (07/03/2012)
A primary school project covering six administrative regions in Poland took a simple motto as its starting point: “The quality of the first educational experiences is of tremendous importance to further school and life career of a child.”
Participants: 2 700 primary schools - ESF contribution: €9.5 million
Teaching what IT takes (07/03/2012)
Using ESF funding, the State School of Vocational Education in Elbląg developed attractive information technology courses and lectures to encourage pupils in vocational high schools to continue their education in the field of information technology.
Participants: 212 - ESF contribution: €73 600
Hanging on for new skills (29/02/2012)
The Hold Fast project is playing a major role in encouraging young Danes to stay on at school and get the qualifications they need for a good job.
Participants: 20000 - ESF contribution: €3 031 000
Making school life a central attraction (20/01/2012)
A large-scale ESF operation in Bulgaria aims to reduce the number of early school leavers by improving employment opportunities and helping social integration among the young.
Participants: around 330 000 - ESF contribution: €45 479 121
Green builders for greener buildings (06/01/2012)
In the United Kingdom, the ‘built environment’ – meaning constructing homes, offices and factories and then living and working in them – is responsible for almost half of the country’s carbon emissions, half of water consumption and a third of landfill waste.
Participants: 1250 people - ESF contribution: GBP 999 995
Working for family welfare (04/01/2012)
The ‘Working for the welfare of the family’ project offered rural women in Tauragė county the chance to break with traditional ‘home-centred’ roles as carers, and to enjoy both family and work responsibilities together.
Participants: 50-100 - ESF contribution: €1 113 520
Giving employees career control (04/01/2012)
Through the 'I can' project, any employed person could apply and receive a voucher for key-competences training and/or a course leading to professional qualifications – according to their wishes and needs.
Participants: 221 000 employees - ESF contribution: €60 844 000
Quality and equality in education (04/01/2012)
The ‘Quality in education – a step to equality’ project led by the ‘Amare Rromentza’ NGO aimed to get more Roma and non-Roma children into education and keep them there, starting at the pre-school phase.
Participants: around 950 - ESF contribution: €719 476
Ensuring sustainable health care (21/12/2011)
Taking an innovative approach to a shortage of doctors in municipal health centres, the Finnish region of North Karelia invited Russian doctors to make up the numbers, offering language and vocational training.
Participants: 8 - ESF contribution: €323 770
Wanted: qualified doctors (15/12/2011)
An ESF-funded project increased and supported the skills of health workers in a region affected by lack of qualified medical specialists.
Participants: 25 - ESF contribution: €55 610
Qualifications that open doors across Europe (14/12/2011)
The Bulgarian authorities gave a significant boost to youth employment and mobility with the completion of an ESF ‘Administrative capacity’ project on the recognition of EU higher education qualifications.
Participants: 611 - ESF contribution: €346 422
Preserving the know-how of older workers (14/12/2011)
The ‘Senior Capital’ project took up the challenge of getting more small and medium-sized enterprises to integrate older workers into their human resource strategies.
Participants: 6 Companies, 16 employees - ESF contribution: €27 136
Innovation of education (28/11/2011)
An ESF-funded project in Slovakia proved that not only can science be fun for children, it can also be a stimulating experience for teachers exploring innovative teaching methodologies.
Participants: 362 - ESF contribution: €77 230
Moving up in the world (28/10/2011)
A project aimed at secondary school pupils, teachers and parents throughout the Piedmont region of northern Italy offered young students new perspectives and ‘alternative destinations’ in life.
Participants: 6 995 students, 393 teachers - ESF contribution: €78 667
Digital skills in demand (19/10/2011)
Projects run by the Digital Skills Academy allowed unemployed participants to acquire skills in professional internet servies and digital media.
Participants: WebActivate: 200; DIGI MEDIA: 100 - ESF contribution: €452 200
Lithuanian e-Citizen (14/10/2011)
In Lithuania, the ESF-funded project ‘Computer Literacy Basics for a Lithuanian e-citizen’ aimed to get more people online to stimulate growth and improve Lithuania’s competitiveness.
Participants: >50 000 - ESF contribution: €2 662 200
Equal education for…everyone (14/10/2011)
Tanodas, an ESF-funded project, bridges the gap in education levels between the marginalised and the majority of children in Hungary and ensures proper schooling services for both Roma and other disadvantaged children.
Participants: 66 schools with 5-8th grade and secondary students - ESF contribution: €7 493 024
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
Harnessing creative energy for the labour market (22/09/2011)
In the district of Pispala, in Tampere, the WORKpop project set out to help unemployed artists and creative workers adapt their skills to the labour market.
Participants: 20 - ESF contribution: €94 636 (figures relate to VALKE umbrella project for labour market development)
A helping hand (08/09/2011)
An ESF-backed project in Germany helped students improve their chances of getting a job once they reached ninth grade and apply for vocational training.
Participants: 821 - ESF contribution: €60 335
Investing in Portugal’s youth (29/08/2011)
A programme in Portugal provides young people with the chance to complete internships in companies abroad.
ESF Contribution : EUR 50 750 000 – Number of Participants : 5 000
Creating a well-trained, modern workforce (11/07/2011)
The QUALI-FORM-IDE project’s ambitious objectives include improving the quality of training, increasing the employment rate, and promoting social cohesion in Belgium’s French-speaking region.
Participants: 8 860 (2009-2010) - ESF contribution: €18 435 372