Youth employment promotion

Project description

Title: Youth employment promotion – Programme Sustainable Growth and Employment in Serbia
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Republic of Serbia
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Serbia
Overall term: 2015 to 2017

Serbia. Buttons from the symposium on Youth Employment Promotion 2015. @ GIZ

Context
Young people in Serbia face considerable difficulties in the country’s changing, dynamic labour market. Their share of the population is in constant decline; the 15 to 30 age group currently makes up one fifth. At the same time, the 15 to 24 age group has the highest unemployment rate at over 47 per cent. Official statistical data also points to high unemployment in the 30 to 35 age group. In the 15 to 30 age group, half of all young people are inactive; that figure rises to over 70 per cent for those in the 15 to 24 age range. Around 20 per cent of young people aged between 15 and 24 are neither in the education system, nor present or actively engaged in the labour market.

Objective
Young people between the ages of 15 and 35 years in two pilot regions are able to improve their prospects on the labour market.

Approach
The project focuses on launching local youth employment initiatives at two pilot locations in Serbia. It will design, trial and define the initiatives. These initiatives take into account the needs of young people as well as those of the labour market. The project will be implemented at one of the locations by the consulting firm FAKT – Consult for Management, Training and Technologies.

The project also supports cooperation between key national stakeholders. To this end, it will transmit experience and recommendations emerging from the local employment initiatives to the national level. On this basis, ministries and institutions, experts, young people and employers will conduct a national dialogue on youth employment.

In another area of activity, the project will support implementation of the German-Serbian Initiative for Sustainable Growth and Employment.

Serbia. Sketch from the symposium on Youth Employment Promotion 2015. @ GIZ