A new group of 20 unemployed persons began on-the-job training and licensed training lasting six months. The commission selected 20 employers and 20 unemployed, of which 12 in the north (Rožaje, Berane and Bijelo Polje) and 8 in the south (Ulcinj and Podgorica) of Montenegro.
Of the overall number of the hired unemployed – 14 are women and 6 men. They will be trained to work in the fields of IT, digital marketing, administrative work, accounting, and tourism services: as guide, cook, bartender, maid, salesman, etc.
At the end of April, contracts on practical training were signed at a work place, and after signing the contract, the unemployed started a six-month on-the-job training on May 1st.
In addition, contracts were selected and signed with three providers that will implement licensed training programs for 15 of the 20 hired unemployed by the end of the year.
A public tender has been announced for the procurement of equipment and funds for work, which is in progress and those interested can apply until June 9. 2022. An tender was conducted for the selection of adult education providers.
Employers, who have announced that they will keep people who have been trained with them after the training, will receive equipment as a form of incentive for hiring the unemployed. Thus, among other things, Help will provide employers with valuable IT equipment, refrigeration equipment, kitchen and bakery appliances, tools for repairing machines and more.
Everything is being implemented within the project that Help is implementing in the Western Balkans under a program worth 3.35 million Euro, with the support of the German government called “Socio-economic empowerment of the Western Balkans” to strengthen regional stability in 2021 to the end of December 2022.
The project coordinator Dženan Demić says that this is a continuation of good practice of the successful model in connecting the unemployed and the employers, which has been tested in Help for a long time, and enabling professional development through certified trainings.
“We pay special attention to the criteria. Among our priorities are the deficit occupations that employers themselves need, as well as providing vocational training to the most vulnerable categories of the unemployed, such as women and young people. We also take in consideration to give priority to the unemployed in the poorer north of the country, where there is a lack of jobs and skilled labor. As we have been implementing the same model for a long time, through different programs, except for the unemployed, the employers themselves have regained interest – they get a trained workforce and valuable equipment for business improvement. ”