Dialogue on Employment Creation, Initiative and Dual Education

Project description

Title: Dialogue on Employment Creation, Initiative and Dual Education / Sustainable economic growth and employment program in Serbia
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Countries: Serbia
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia
Overall term: 2020 to 2022

Training for industrial mechanic


One of Serbia’s main challenges is the high unemployment rate among adolescents and young adults. In the second quarter of 2018, 25.3 per cent of young Serbs (aged 15 to 24) were not regularly employed. The rate of young people aged 15 to 24 who are not in employment, education or training was of 17.2 per cent in 2017. Moreover, male and female adolescents and young adults between 15 and 35 years of age have issues finding permanent qualified employment. Their qualifications often do not meet the requirements of the Serbian labour market.  

At the same time, the developing Serbian industry is expressing a great shortage of well-trained skilled workers. Existing active labour market measures are not sufficient to support young people on their way to demand-oriented training and sustainable, quality employment. The vocational education and training system in Serbia aims to train enough skilled workers in line with the requirements of the labour market but it still needs additional support in becoming fully functional and sustainable.


The offer of qualification and labour market measures in selected regions is better oriented on the needs of young people and on needs of companies for adequately trained staff.

Career guidance training


Project activities are focused on increasing the employability of young people in the selected regions, both adolescents in formal education system and young, unemployed adults. To achieve this, the project takes a multi-level approach. 

At the micro level, it enables improved offers of formal and non-formal vocational training and active labour market measures for adolescents and young adults. 

At the meso-level, the project focuses on developing capacities of selected VET schools to become regional competence centres (RCC) and provide high-quality formal (dual) education and high-quality non-formal training. In addition, these RCC, as well as other local actors involved in employment, are being supported in setting up local employment dialogues. 

At the macro-level, the resulting implementation experiences will be documented and integrated into the national policy dialogue. Additionally, the German-Serbian Initiative, which is also part of the project, contributes to the anchoring of selected and piloted measures on issues of sustainable employment promotion.

German-Serbian Initiative for Sustainable Growth and Employment has been established by the German Minister of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and two Serbian Ministers - Minister of Economy and Minister in charge of European Integration. The Initiative not only connects all previous and new projects within German-Serbian development cooperation, but unifies and prepares future measures, by implementing targeted thematic studies, providing support to partners in Serbia regarding strategic steps and organising events of different formats.


Expected results

  • Six selected vocational schools have become regional centres of competence, providing quality formal and non-formal education for young people and leading the dialogue on youth employment between relevant institutions on the local level.
  • 500 adolescents and young adults benefit from the improved formal (dual) and non-formal training offers as well as of active labour market measures. 
  • 60 per cent of 500 beneficiaries consider the supported skills and labour market measures to be helpful in improving their individual employment potential.
  • 75 per cent of the 24 training companies participating in the six dual education profiles “mostly” or “fully” agree that the acquired professional and personal skills of the students meet their requirements.