SUCCESS-Empowering a cross-border workforce

Countries: Belgium, France, United Kingdom
Border(s): France-Belgium, Belgium-United Kingdom, France-United Kingdom,
- Employment
- Cross-border maritime cooperation

The SUCCES project seeks to bring European added value to partners' activities through the sharing of innovative ideas and creative solutions, so as to contribute to employment goals and strategies at European, national and regional levels. It takes in three UK neighbourhoods: Medway in Kent, as well as Great Yarmouth and Waveney in Norfolk and Suffolk; Grande-Synthe in Nord-Pas de Calais (FR); and Kortrijk in Flanders (BE). Their collaboration includes everything from staff exchanges to cross-border development. SUCCES spans a range of soft skills development, in order to build beneficiaries' self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and employability skills. It also offers a broad spectrum of sector skills training and qualifications. Taken together, these solutions help people with challenges to do with health, poor (or no) housing, lack of quality childcare, crippling debt, relationship difficulties or domestic violence. Another innovative aspect is the building of bridges with employers and using partners' skills audit to ensure they link their service provision closely to the needs of employers and to existing vacancies in each locality. A key achievement is the '10 steps to work guide', which is clear and easy-to-understand, enabling individuals to work on their key steps to progressing back into employment. Written by and for beneficiaries and available in English, French and Dutch, the guide underlines the value of cross-border collaborative working.

Project goals

The project aims to help people to access work placements and volunteering opportunities. So they can develop vocational and sector-specific skills and qualifications, as a pathway to sustainable employment.

Total cost

2 711 700 €

EU funding

1 355 900 €