European Social Fund | €23 million in new funding for JG pilot

Monday 22 Apr 2024

European Social Fund | €23 million in new funding for JG pilot

The European Social Fund announced a call for innovative proposals on April 18th with an emphasis on the Job Guarantee.

“The Commission has launched a call for proposals worth €23 million to help EU Member States develop new ways of tackling long-term unemployment and support people to find their way back into the labour market.

Through this call for proposals, funded under the “Social Innovation+” initiative of the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), the Commission aims to build on previous promising initiatives and strengthen the role of social economy organisations.

Tackling long-term unemployment – meaning people who have been out of work for more than a year – remains an issue in many Member States. In 2022, 4.5 million people over 25 years old in the EU were registered as long-term unemployed.

Looking for solutions, a recent EU-fundedreport has shown the potential of innovative approaches like so-called “job guarantees” to help long-term unemployed people re-enter the labour market. These include examples such as the Zero Long-Term Unemployment Territories in France, an initiative that has recently been introduced in Belgium. These schemes can have wide benefits: they can provide useful services at an affordable cost for the local community, offer a new pathway to employment for people who have been out of work for a long time and help fill labour and skills gaps.”

Read the full article and find the full call for proposals at this link.