European Social Fund + Employment and Social Innovation Strand

Deadline: 15-Feb-23

In order to guarantee almost 4000 placements during the course of the action in economic sectors with hard-to-fill vacancies, the European Commission (EC) has released the proposals for the European Social Fund + Employment and Social Innovation Strand.

The EURES TMS is intended to support the development of actions for the employment of EU/EEA (Norway and Iceland) jobseekers over the age of 18, including the most vulnerable (e.g., the unemployed and long-term unemployed, low-skilled individuals, and generally those loosely attached to the labor market), in order to assist them in locating employment opportunities in other EU/EEA (Norway, Iceland) countries, particularly in industries with difficult-to-fill vacancies. The funded initiatives will provide specialized employment assistance that help workers overcome mobility challenges.

The action being strongly result-oriented, it should contribute to:

  • address labour market needs;
  • improve the conditions for jobseekers and workers to exercise their right of freedom of movement across the EU and to address labour markets’ imbalances and, labour and skills shortages.
  • enhance the service catalogue of the EURES organisations;
  • foster public-private partnerships within EURES
  • EURES Targeted Mobility Scheme (TMS), constitutes a European labour market activation measure, combining tailor-made recruitment, matching, training and placement services with financial incentives. The support measures may vary according to labour market needs but must at least include provisions for interviews in another Member State/EU country, relocation, linguistic training as well as work and country integration support. The end beneficiaries will be jobseekers and job changers, trainees and apprentices as well recruiting enterprises, including SMEs. Both individuals and enterprises may receive direct financial support in the form of targeted allowances. Placements may, inter alia, take place in the context of transnational initiatives, regional cross-border initiatives and/or projects dedicated to particular sector(s).
  • Applicant organisations are free to choose the activities, methods and tools etc. to implement their action, on condition that they indicate separate targets for measures offered for the young (aged from 18 to 35) and for 35+ job seekers as well as comply with the mandatory framework for the provision of assistance and financial support to target groups laid down in Annex “Implementing Guide”. Both age groups (group from 18 to 35 years and group 35+ years) have to be covered in proposals submitted under this call; placement targets need to be indicated.
Funding Information

The available call budget is EUR 12.000 000.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible, the coordinators (lead applicants) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • EU MS (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
    • be EURES National Coordination Offices, EURES members or EURES partners which are placed in organisations whose main mission is to ensure the provision of employment and placement services to jobseekers, job changers, trainee/apprentice candidates and employers covering jobs and/or work-based trainings. Those services must include information, recruitment, matching and pre- and post-placement support.
  • In order to be eligible, other applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
    • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
    • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
      • EU MS (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
      • non-EU countries: EEA countries (Norway and Iceland)
      • be EURES member organisations (i.e. National Coordination Offices, EURES Members and Partners)
      • be public or private labour market actors (including the third sector) providing the same services as lead applicants and/or complementary customer-oriented services in other expertise fields, such as information, training, education, career guidance, mentoring, legal advice, integration support or other equivalent.

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