Presentation of selected projects co-financed by European Funds

The photo shows Jakub Chełstowski, Marshal of the Silesia Voivodeship. Only the chest of a man in a suit is visible. His hair is combed to the side.

Dear Readers,

Silesia is opening up to its residents, their needs and expectations. The region not only invests in infrastructure development, takes care of cultural heritage, but also strongly supports social and professional activity of its inhabitants. The developmental successes that our voivodeship has achieved in recent years are the result of, among others, well-spent European Funds. Many of these positive changes would not have been possible if the implementation of infrastructure projects had not been accompanied by the genuine involvement of the residents, who are the strength and wealth of our region.

They are active, creative, entrepreneurial. Many have changed their lives thanks to the support of the Regional Operational Programme of the Silesia Voivodeship and the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development. EU funds have allowed them to improve their professional skills, retrain, and set up businesses as well as helped young people entering the labor market to acquire essential work experience. Silesian entrepreneurs have developed their companies dynamically by investing in the competence of their staff.

In this album we present the stories of Silesian residents, who took up the challenge and achieved their goals. Their stories perfectly reflect the possibilities of European programs. I hope they will be an inspiration and encouragement to boldly reach for grants, which can be the beginning o f a new and interesting career path.

Enjoy these incredibly optimistic and inspiring stories.

Jakub Chełstowski
Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship

Dear Readers,

today’s job market requires all of us to constantly improve our competencies, adapt to its growing demands, and often retrain. Well-planned professional development has many benefits. Not only in the form of an attractive salary or promotion, but also in the form of independence, fulfillment, and the last but no t the least, job satisfaction.

European funds make it easier to navigate the job market and find one’s own career path. They also support personal growth. Professional trainings and courses, workshops and social skills trainings, counseling and internships, grants for starting business activity are just the examples.

The European Union has also been actively helping entrepreneurs for years. With a flexible development services system, they can invest in their staff offering them training tailored to their needs. And properly qualified staff allows companies to stay one step ahead of the competition. This is important especially under the current challenges of a responsible transition to a green economy. Innovation, competitiveness, strong local entrepreneurship – these are the strategic objectives of the Silesian Voivodeship, which require adequately prepared human resources.

People presented in this album have taken advantage of the opportunity offered by the European Union and proved that well-planned support brings results. They pursued their dreams with energy and determination, and eventually succeeded. This proves that European Funds bring a real opportunity to change professional lives, as well as a chance for companies to grow.

Enjoy reading!

Grzegorz Sikorski
Director of the Voivodeship Employment Office in Katowice

The photo shows Grzegorz Sikorski, director of the Voivodeship Employment Office in Katowice. The man is wearing a suit and glasses and he’s sitting at his desk and smiling.

The Regional Operational Programme Of The Silesia Voivodeship For 2014-2020

The infographic, titled Regional Operational Programme of the Silesian Voivodeship 2014-2020, consists of two parts and takes the form of a path marked by a line. The first part consists of two paths. The first one starts in the lower right corner, with the point: Training and consulting for companies. It then runs upwards and curves to the left, where it reaches the point: More than 58 800 people who have gained new qualifications or competencies. Then it runs further to the left to turn 180 degrees and hit the point: the Talue of signed contracts for 528 million PLN. The second path starts at the bottom, at the point: Vocational, computer and language training. The it turns left, to the point: More than 71 400 people attending training. Then it runs left and down and ends with a point: Value of signed contracts 327 million PLN. The second part again consists of two paths. The first one starts in the lower left corner, with the point: Professional activation It then runs upward, turns right, where it reaches the point: More than 54,300 people supported. It then goes further to the right, where it reaches the point: The value of signed contracts for 1, 092 billion PLN. The second path begins in the lower, middle section, with a point: grants to start one’s own business. It then runs upwards and curves to the right, where it hits the point: More than 10,400 people who have received non-refundable business start-up funds, and after a while it ends.

Operational Programme Knowledge Education and Development 2014-2020

The infographic with the title Operational Program Knowledge Education Development 2014-2020 consists of one part and takes the form of a path marked by a line. It starts on the left with a point: Job placement, training and counseling, internships, subsidized employment, business start-up grants. Then it runs to the right and gets to the point: Over 65,500 people up to age 29 supported. Then it takes a 180-degree turn and reaches the point: More than 18,300 long-term unemployed people supported. It continues to the left, reaching the point: More than 10,200 people who have achieved a qualification or competency. It turns and flies down to a point: Nearly 9,400 grants for people up to age 29 to start their own businesses. It runs right up to the point: Over 2,100 people with disabilities supported. After a while it ends with the last point: 1, 024 billion PLN value of signed contracts.