February 27, 2014
TheSrpskaTimes

Representatives of the Youth Employment Project ( YEP ), which is realized with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, today signed agreements with 11 NGOs and launched a series of local initiatives worth 388,000 KM which will, in the coming year, provide employment for at least 120 young people throughout the country.

The signed agreements define that 700 young people will be involved in various forms of training and activities that will help them find work.

The aim of cooperation with NGOs is to motivate young people under 30 years of age to actively search for jobs and encourage local communities to contribute to increasing the employment rate of the young. Planned projects include three projects in the field of wood and metal, five projects in the field of agriculture, three in the textile industry and one that will develop a program of volunteering.

Activities will primarily cover young people through Clubs for finding jobs which YEP founded throughout B&H in cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency, the Cantonal Employment Services and the Public Employment Service of Republika Srpska. 19 such clubs have been opened so far, where young people undergo a three days long free training for active job search and then have six months of advisory support.

The project will finance all activities through non-refundable grants in the amount of 270, 000 KM, while the remaining 30% will come from NGOs and the community.

The activities will be carried out in a total of 10 cities, this includes the training of young people to carry out activities in the above areas of work and support for self-employment or employment assistance.