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Local Initiatives

Meet our “Leeders” as they showcase local programmes and initiatives that have made a difference. Explore how these projects have demonstrated impact and harnessed innovation as we build more inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities.  

Autoocupació Reempresa

Autoocupació Reempresa

Location: Barcelona, Spain


Reempresa helps to saves small businesses and local jobs. It  connects business owners who want to sell their company with potential buyers, reducing transaction costs and getting the best outcome for everyone involved.

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Contact: Guillem ArisCEO at Autoocupació

Beehive & Eco Garden Project

Beehive & Eco Garden Project

Location: Cork, Ireland


To promote an awareness and love of nature, the City centre community Staff works with students to care for over 20 beehives, making the beehives, gathering, and harvesting the honey, caring for our flowers/garden, studying the life cycles of the bees, and understanding how our world can impact on them, introducing our bees to our neighbourhood.

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Contact: Des CullinaneDirector at Cork City Learning Support Services

Cork ETB Employment Transition Programme

Cork ETB Employment Transition Programme

Location: Cork, Ireland


The Cork Education and Training Board (ETB) is a driving force of education and training in Cork. It provides high quality services which are innovative, responsive and inclusive. Through the Cork ETB, pathways are created for every learner, including the Cork ETB Employment Transition Programme.  

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Contact: Phil Heffernan, Co-ordinator at Youthreach Cork ETB

FoodCloud

FoodCloud

Location: Tallaght, Ireland


FoodCloud are a not-for-profit social enterprise working to tackle food waste and social exclusion through redistributing surplus food from the food industry to the community sector of Charities and Community Groups. Their mission is to transform surplus food into opportunities to make the world a kinder place, and the vision is for a world where no good food goes to waste.

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Contact: Eimear Delahunty, Community Development Manager at FoodCloud

Growing Conversations

Growing Conversations

Location: Cork, Ireland


This programme consists of a garden/horticulture project where students plant and nurture vegetables, fruits and flowers while attending English language classes. Students also have the option of attending IT and mathes classes. Learners also have the option of cookery classes where they create dishes from the food ingredients they have grown.

 

Contact: Nuala WhiteFET Area Co-Ordinator at Cork ETB

IRD Duhallow

IRD Duhallow

Location: Cork, Ireland


IRD Duhallow is a community-based integrated rural development company, established in 1989. The company combines the efforts and resources of the state bodies, local authorities, local communities and individual entrepreneurs for the benefit of the local economy.

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Contact: Maura WalshCEO at IRD Duhallow

Passport4Work

Skill-based matching: Passport for Work

Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands


Passport for Work is an online job matching platform, designed to promote lifelong learning and job matching through a gamified approach. The objective is to increase the inclusion of jobseekers  who are having problems accessing  the labour market.

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Contact: Ronald Lievens, UIA Expert at Passport4Work

Reindustrialisation St-Paul en Jarez – LHH

Reindustrialisation St-Paul en Jarez – LHH 

Location: Saint-Paul-en-Jarez, France


This project, conducted with FrieslandCampina in Saint-Paul-en-Jarez, France is supporting the industrial transition towards more innovative and sustainable activities, while creating new jobs. So far the project has helped reduce industrial wasteland, saving 25 jobs and creating several new ones. It supported the installation of a new production unit which helps cut polluting plastics.

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Contact: Murielle AntilleHead of Government and Industry Affairs at LHH and Jean-Baptiste LOUISProject lead at LHH

SOLAS

SOLAS

Location: Dublin, Ireland


SOLAS manages a range of Further Education and Training programmes which enable learners to succeed in the labour market and thrive in society. Programmes include apprenticeships, traineeships, skills to advance, eCollege and the European Globalisation Fund.

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Contact: Noreen FitzPatrickManager Enterprise, Employee & Skills at SOLAS

Southern Regional Assembly

Southern Regional Assembly

Location: Waterford, Ireland


The Southern Regional Assembly Programme has a regional role in linking local and national policy goals through regional, spatial and economic planning. Its programme aims to complement wider investment in targeted high growth and innovative sectors. It supports the creation of new quality jobs, boosts innovation, increases licenses granted, and helps to grow local economies in Ireland.

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Contact: Alice Byrne Kelly, Clerical Officer, Southern Regional Assembly

Sustainable Futures

Sustainable Futures

Location: Cork, Ireland


Working with Northside Community Enterprises (NCE) Outreach, Sustainable Futures is a project that offers education and training opportunities for people engaging with addiction services. It aims to develop social, educational and employability skills and offers opportunities to explore further education and employment options with support, guidance and assistance. 

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Contact: Elaine CroninBTEI Co-ordinator at Cork Education and Training Board

Urban Growth Vantaa

Urban Growth Vantaa

Location: Vantaa, Finland


The Urban Growth Vantaa project  centres on co-creating and testing new innovative solutions in the local jobs and skills ecosystem. It supports local SMEs and their employees in upskilling and digitalisation.

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Contact: Mirkka HenttonenProgram Manager, Urbaania kasvua – GSIP Vantaa (Growth and Social Investment Pacts)