Presentation of selected projects co-financed by European Funds
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.
Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship
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.
Director of the Voivodeship Employment Office in Katowice
A completely new perspective
Many young people tend to make various mistakes at the beginning of their professional career. Some can be easily corrected, others can affect their professional career for years, directing them to a random path. Economists are warning that in the future it will not be a lack of jobs.
An efficient business
Many people dream about running their own business. However, not everyone has the capital to start and the determination o stay ahead of the competition, rather than chasing it. They usually have never-ending excuses. But none of them were ever mentioned by Michał Kurka, a participant of the project.
Look boldly into the future
Angelika Fijał has long worked in a position that did not bring her satisfaction. However, she lacked the courage and motivation to change. And maybe a small impulse that would push her in the right direction. It came with an EU project. Today, she pursues her career and encourages others to look boldly into the future as well.