The ESF is helping more young people to stay on at school and get the qualifications they need for a job and career. It is also ensuring wider access to high-quality education with projects to help children from disadvantaged groups and minorities to get the educational qualifications that matter.
One in five young Europeans leaves school early and does not complete his or her secondary education – totalling some 6 million each year. This is nothing less than a disaster for their job prospects and their chances to make the best of their abilities. Dropping out of secondary education closes too many doors to success and career development. For this reason, the ESF supports initiatives across Europe to help young people stay on at school and get the skills and qualifications which open doors to good jobs and rewarding careers.