Accessing basic goods such as food is not always easy for vulnerable individuals living in poverty, particularly if they live in rural areas. It is especially problematic for disabled, ill or elderly people, as they are generally unable to leave their homes. Caritas Slovenia strives to personally provide these individuals with food aid with the support of the EU’s Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived.
Launched in 2017, Swedish transport start-up Bzzt provides intercity taxi travel to customers in Stockholm. Using emission free vehicles, Bzzt offers a regular city service and low fares. Co-founder and CEO Sven Wolf explains how Bzzt is ensuring that low taxi fares doesn’t compromise on employee welfare and wages.
After 2 388 workers were dismissed at the telecom company Ericsson following the closure of three factories in Sweden, the national public employment service sought support from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund. 52-year-old Anders was made redundant after 22 years at the company and needed to acquire new skills to find work again.
First Challenge, a programme available on the Youth Guarantee scheme in Slovenia, offers employers a subsidy for employing a young person up to the age of 29 who has previously been unemployed. David Banović benefitted from the programme after introducing his now current employer to the scheme during his interview.
Employers in seven less-developed regions of Slovakia have been encouraged to help unemployed people with an initiative, created by the Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic. The project, called ‘A Way out of the Unemployment Circle', offers employers a significant financial contribution in return for creating job opportunities for long-term unemployed and low-skilled jobseekers,...
Vocational education and training (VET) opportunities are being offered as a Europe-wide initiative to tackle youth unemployment and to support the transition between education and employment. Apprenticeships are an example of training schemes helping young people, such as apprentice Matus in Slovakia, build their confidence by learning industry skills.
Erasmus+ is an extensive programme that aims to provide more than four million Europeans with learning and training opportunities. Mobility exchanges is one of the programme’s initiatives, which encourages young people aged 18-30 to study, train, work and volunteer abroad. After completing an exchange in Czechia, Peter Skuhra highlights the positive impact it had on him.
Regional water supplier, Communal House SA, provides clean drinking water supply service to 13 cities in Covasna County in Romania. Deputy Director of waste and transportation service, Kojokar Attila, believes funding has helped rehabilitate the water and sewage networks in the county.
With the help of EU funding, the Portuguese public employment service has found an innovative solution to help young and vulnerable people find jobs by providing financial incentives to companies who employ them. 24-year-old Gonçalo Costa benefited from the programme, which enabled him to get a permanent contract at a local fire station.
The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) is supporting 730 displaced and redundant textile workers in Portugal to reintegrate into the labour market through reskilling and coaching workshops. Thanks to a reskilling initiative, dismissed textile worker Custodia Maria Couto is now in a full-time job.