94,000 Dutch participants in EU labour market project

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In the period 2014-2015, 93,560 people in the Netherlands took part in a labour market project subsidised by the European Social Fund (ESF). Altogether, 70 projects ran during 2014-2015 with a total amount of 114 billion euros in ESF funding. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) is reporting the figures based on research commissioned by the Agency of Social Affairs and Employment (Agentschap SZW).

Over two-thirds of projects funded by ESF grants are implemented by local governments, the remainder by schools. The latter primarily involves (ex-)students of secondary special education and practical education (VSO-PrO). The projects - which are aimed at improving employment opportunities - include setting up traineeships, traineeship and job placement, and (re)training.

In total , 56 percent of the participants were under 28 years of age. In local government projects the share of men versus women was fairly equal, while in school projects, male participants were in the majority (62 percent).

Age of project participants 2014-2015
 Elderly (>50 yrs)Adults (28-49 yrs)Young (<28 yrs)
All participants143056

7 in 8 ESF participants belong to a disadvantaged group

Among the participants taking part in an ESF project during the 2014-2015 period, 89 percent belonged to at least one of the groups which have been identified as disadvantaged by the European Commission. For instance, more than half of all participants are living in households without an income from employment; nearly one-quarter are in a single-parent household with dependent children. Furthermore, 28 percent are first-generation immigrants.

participants from disadvantaged groups

Over the period 2014-2015, a total of 15,150 participants completed an ESF track. Among this group, 20 percent found a job immediately after the project. Among the 12,884 disadvantaged participants who completed a track, 27 percent found a job right after it.
The ESF-monitor 2014-2020 follows the labour market position of all participants in the programme period through time, from the start of their ESF programme up to twelve months after.