European Social Funds in Sweden


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Marianne Öberg-Håkansson, national coordinator for the European social fund in Sweden presented the ESF and how it works in Sweden.

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European Social Funds in Sweden

  1. 1. The EuropeanSocial Fund inSweden 20072013
  2. 2. The Swedish ESF Council• The Swedish ESF Council is the Managing and the Certifying Authority for the European Social Fund and for the European Integration Fund.• The Swedish ESF Council has 120 employees in eight regional units all over the country, and the Head Office in Stockholm.
  3. 3. Eight regions – eight plans1. Övre Norrland2. Mellersta Norrland3. Norra Mellansverige4. Östra Mellansverige5. Stockholm6. Västsverige7. Småland och Öarna8. SydsverigeHead Office in Falun andStockholm
  4. 4. Cooperation between structural funds Social fund Regional fundESF-council TVV OP RP OP Operative program Regional plan RP OP MC Monitoring Committée RP OP MC RP OP RP OP MC RP OP Structural fund RP OP MC partnerships in RP OP Each region
  5. 5. The Monitoring Committee• Oversees the implementation and guarantees quality and efficiency.• Consist of representatives from authorities, non-profit organisations, labour organisations and universities and colleges.
  6. 6. Structural Fund Partnerships• Each of the eight regions has a joint Structural Fund partnership for the European Social fund and the Regional Development Fund.• It consist of elected representatives from municipalities and county councils, and representatives from labour organisations, county administrative boards, the Swedish Employment Service, other stakeholders and associations. The Sami Parliament (Sametinget) is also represented in the two northernmost regions.• These partnerships are tasked with prioritizing the projects deemed eligible by the managing authorities.
  7. 7. ESF in Sweden 2007 - 2013• SEK 6.2 billion, excluding national co-financing• Approximately 2000 projects• 30 per cent, Skills provision (Priority axis 1)• 70 per cent, Increased labour supply (Priority axis 2)____________________________________• ESF is only a small part of all resources for employment policy/social measures in Sweden =• Opportunity for innovativ actions and development of new methods
  8. 8. Added value in the social fund is created bymaking it possible to influence and improve:1. Individuals, the situation of vulnerable groups in working life2. Corporate strategies, productivity, growth3. Workplaces formal and informal procedures4. Policy and development of new concepts in policies, structures, institutions
  9. 9. Priority 1: Skills supply• Activities focus on employees and entrepreneurs in the public and private sectors and the social economy.• Support is offered to develop relevant skills, comprising a careful analysis of needs followed by appropriate training. This improves the adaptability and employability of workers and allow them to meet new challenges and a changing environment.• Other projects aim at preventing long-term sickness leave and combating discrimination in getting and advancing in a job.
  10. 10. Priority 2: Increased laboursupply• Focus on people outside of the labour market, especially on young, immigrants and those on long-term sickness leave.• The aim is to get them into work or, through education schemes or other measures, to bring them closer to getting a job.• For example, by encouraging early school leavers to return to education or training or to participate in activities designed to prepare them for working life.
  11. 11. Gender mainstreamingand accessibility• Gender mainstreaming and accessibility for people with disabilities are priorities across the whole OP.• This includes funding projects  that helps to improve skills to eliminate gender-based segregation on the labour market  that helps to improve skills to remove obstacles which people with disabilities are encountering on the labour market
  12. 12. National Selection Criteria1. Mapping and analysis of the needs and problems at hand2. Project activities and objectives3. Target groups4. Gender mainstreaming5. Accessibility for persons with disabilities6. Programme criteria (varies from call to call: learning environments, innovation, cooperation and strategic impact)7. Monitoring, evaluation and learning (only monitoring in phase 1: feasibility study)8. Project organization and competence9. Risk management (only phase 2: implementation)
  13. 13. Supporting projects and Thematic Groups - Support structure for the project implementation and impact Before Preparation / After theapplication Preplanning Implementation project Accessibility and Gender Mainstreaming Project development Learning & Strategic Impact Thematic Groups
  14. 14. Support project• Accessibility for persons with disabilities  Agreement with the Swedish Agency for Disability Policy Coordination in cooperation with The Swedish Disability Federation, the united voice of the Swedish disability movment before government, the parliament and national authorities.• Gender mainstreaming  Agreement with County Administrative Boards
  15. 15. Supporting projectsversus Thematic Groups• Regional project development support aid should primarily support the projects before the application and pre-planning phase• ”SPeL” should mainly support projects in the implementation phase, with a focus on learning and strategic impact• ... while the Thematic Groups in particular will work on the projects outputs
  16. 16. Thematic Groups in ESF 2007-2013• Integration into Workinglife (Linköping University) The main focus is (re-) entry and integration into working life for people with foreign backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people who are long-term sick.• Theme Group Youth (Ungdomsstyrelsen) The main focus is on methods to counteract unemployment among young and strategies for the development of the transition between school & work.• Workplace Learning & conversion (Luleå University of Technology) The main focus is the efforts of employees to meet future demands in the workforce through training, including work as a tool for learning, increased ability to cope with changes and validation of skills.• Business and entrepreneurship (Tillväxtverket) The main focus is how entrepreneurship and business can contribute to reducing exclusion in the workplace. This thematic group included social economy and entrepreneurship as a tool of empowerment and to counteract exclusion.• Equality & discrimination into Workinglife (Arbetsmiljöforum) This thematic group focuses on all forms of discrimination. This includes new methods to promote equal treatment/opportunities in employment and skills enhancement initiatives to improve skills in working life.
  17. 17. From the proposal of call ofthe Thematic Groups :"The role for the Thematic Groups will be to develop, analyze and discuss the project results in order to affect more long term than the individual projects can do for themselves. The Thematic Groups will achieve the impact and influence audiences under the thematic area. "
  18. 18. Action Support Accessibility - Activities-12 000 participants from working life in our activities-600 trainings/educations for different funded ESF-projects-1000 individual counselings-Participation in 350 information meetings-Many seminars including breakfast seminars-7333 visits at our website in 2011
  19. 19. Activities (2)• -Several hundreds of viewers watched our 6 webcasted training programs 2011. Either the original version or the sign interpreted -7 network meetings in our consultant network -Customer satisfaction index was 82% in the evaluation made by Sweco (evaluation consultant company) 2010 -More than 10 times presentation on Action Support Accessibility in an international context
  20. 20. More information in English about the Swedish ESF Council, our programes and with presentations of current projects