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ESF: Celebrating 60 Years of Investing in People

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The European Social Fund is celebrating 60 Years of Investing in People with a one day conference on 28th November 2017. The conference will bring together ESF stakeholders, policy makers, social partners and practitioners and provide an opportunity to showcase the achievements of the ESF in Ireland.


ABOUT THE ESF

The ESF was created in the Treaty of Rome 1957 which established the original European Economic Community. Its role is to improve employment opportunities, promote education and training and the acquisition of life-long skills and fight poverty and social exclusion across the European Union. By the end of the current round of funding in 2020, Ireland will have received some €7 billion assistance from the ESF since joining the Community in 1973. This ESF investment has supported the growth of the Institutes of Technology and has been instrumental in the development of the Further Education and Training Sector, in particular PLCs, Youthreach and BTEI. It has facilitated upskilling and promoted lifelong learning while also promoting a range of social inclusion initiatives.


CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Conference are to highlight the role and support provided by the ESF and also the achievements accomplished by activities supported by the ESF in Ireland.


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SPECIAL GUESTS

Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Education and Skills; Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D., Minister of State for Higher Education; and John Halligan T.D., Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development are all scheduled to address the Conference. There will also be video messages from Ms. Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility and many of our MEPs.


SESSIONS

The Conference features four plenary sessions on the following topics:

  • Skills That Matter – Education and Training Meeting the Needs of the Labour Market

  • Promoting and Enhancing Youth Employability

  • Realising Equality of Opportunity in Higher Education

  • Employment and Entrepreneurship for Women and Migrants

A varied panel of policy experts, practitioners and ESF programme participants will address these individual themes and there will be an opportunity for questions.


Join us on the 28th to celebrate the ESF and its achievements in Ireland.


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