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Improving the working environment and skills in the EU with ESF.


The ESF is committed to supporting self-development and skills training throughout the EU. This article presents three projects that share the same aim of helping employers and jobseekers meet the requirements for the modern working environment.

Using photography to show the ESF’s impact on the future of young people in Belgium.

An exhibition helping to create awareness of the ESF, named “Portraits d’Avenir”, was put on display in Brussels, Charleroi and Villers-la-Ville from 2017 to 2019. A collection of photographs showing the impact of what the EU is doing for younger citizens through the ESF and YEI.

It has shown how the training is given to these 15 - 25-year olds are helping to shape their future, an opportunity they may not have had without the fund.

Watch the video about the exhibition.


Promoting Career Guidance and Vocational Education Institutions (VET) in Latvia.

In Latvia, the “Career Guidance in General and Vocational Institutions” project has been running since January 2016 to promote the professional skills young people can learn through vocational training.

The ESF funding has helped provide 149,611 pupils with career support through 405 general education institutions and 17 VET Competency Centres.

The project helps to further develop the career guidance system, Career Counsellors work with everyone, from school management teams to parents and alumni to provide systematic guidance. Competitions are also used to show the skill you can learn and their practical application for future career choices. The project organises these competitions, known as “SkillsLativia” as well as supporting national professional youth groups compete in international competitions such as “Euroskills” and “Worldskills”.

Watch the story about the campaign in 2018 & visit their site to learn more.


Training for Employment in Malta

The ESF project “Training for Employment” run by Jobsplus, aims to help develop the knowledge, skills and competences of work-age population. The project helps jobseekers and job-changers by enhancing employability and prospects, as well as encouraging upskilling and lifelong learning.

Through the placement schemes, jobseekers get valuable experience and improve their skills with the prospect of entering the labour market. The Occupational Handbook also helps people make informed decisions when it comes to a career change. The Study on Arduous Jobs identifies arduous occupations to assist employees who want to be redeployed.

Read more about how Jobsplus is helping with training for employment