The Education to Employment programme is a eight-year partnership project of two governments — Switzerland’s and Serbian — designed to create preconditions for a faster recruitment and youth employment.
E2E wants to create decent job prospects and career paths for all young women and men in Serbia.
1. changing policies in the areas of youth employment and the relevant legal framework
2. development of skills and knowledge employers are looking for.
We come to these proposals by field testing many innovative methods of employment. Within cooperation with five E2E local partners, work training programmes, employment programmes aspiring for employability categories of young people and the development of careers counseling and guidance services — we develop the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.
E2E was launched in 2015, and we are expected to be active until the end of 2023.
In the first phase, all activities of our E2E program have been allocated a budget of EUR 11.8 million. The Swiss Government contributed with EUR 5.8 million, while Serbian Government contributed with additional EUR 6 million. In the second phase (2020.-2023. ) the Swiss Government plans to contribute with EUR 6.5 million. Contributions from both sides are not only made in cash, but also in time, expertise and other ways and means of support.
“I’ve got a great opportunity to implement what I’m learning in school to daily work processes. I had the support of my mentor, which is significant because I needed someone to point out the errors I’m making. And that really did help me to make fewer errors. Now I know a lot more about the practical work than I did at the beginning of the training session, and at least, I’m sure that this job is something I really want to do. “
“For us in UNIOR, E2E represents a bridge between what the local labor market offers and what we need as a company. We’ve been searching for this solution for a really long time!”
Who are our Partners?
At the national level, Serbia’s project partners, are the ministries of the Government of the Republic of Serbia – Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Ministry of Youth and Sport, government institutions such as the Secretariat for Public Policy, the National Employment Service and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.
At the local level, we work with five partner organizations in our pilot municipalities – Kragujevac, Kruševac, Knjaževac, Pirot and Novi Pazar.
Activities of our program are carried out according to the instructions of the Board of Directors:
We have a unique opportunity to create a support hiring system in Serbia. Our thorough field analysis is reported to all the relevant ministries of Serbian Government so they can contribute to the formulation of a legal framework which supports the faster workforce training programme development, separate from the formal education system.
Dr Christoph Baumann, Direktor E2E programa
Education to Employment as a institutions’ partner
Through developing our training in the workplace programmes, Education to Employment has gained valuable experience in the development of programmes and youth training plans in the workplace. We have put this experience at the disposal of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Institute for the Improvement of education and training in the process of drafting plans and programs in the framework of formal education according to the dual education system.
In order to help young people in developing work skills companies are really looking for, we have created a network of five partner organizations in Kruševac, Kragujevac, Knjaževac, Novi Pazar and Pirot. These are our pilot communities in which we implement the Swiss labour market management system and adapt it to the specificities of our country, and in that way, we are finding the employability system that suits us best.
We are also interested to know what are necessary changes in the legislative framework of the Republic of Serbia in order to make this system work properly nationwide.
Education to Employment: Our local partners, with our support, will eventually strengthen and develop a spectrum of their services, so that, upon completion of the project, they are completely able to:
- act independently
- provide data on the situation in the labour market to young people in their communities
- create training programmes in the workplace
- give practical tips for career development and professional training
- help companies and unemployed to find and meet themselves faster and easier.
Within our programme, the project Support for the Implementation of Employment and Social Policy Reform Programme in the Republic of Serbia with a Focus on Employment Policy and Increasing Youth Employability” (”Youth Employment Initiative”) is active as a part of is part of a broader programme financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and implemented by the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit (SIPRU) team in partnership with the key ministries for youth employment and employability in the Republic of Serbia – the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the Ministry of Youth and Sport.
Social inclusion is a process in which, those with high poverty and social exclusion risk, are given the possibility and resources needed for participation in economic, social and cultural life, and achieving life standards and well-being they consider basic in the society they live in.
Social inclusion provides wider citizen participation in decision-making processes that are affecting their lives and realization of basic human rights. Read more about social inclusion in Serbia
E2E and Social Inclusion
The Education to Employment programme puts a special emphasis on working with socially sensitive/vulnerable groups. Our hope is to test and build a support system for employment that creates equal opportunities for everyone!
In five local partner municipalities and cities – Kragujevac, Kruševac, Knjaževac, Novi Pazar and Pirot – our programme will be testing different models of supporting socially sensitive/vulnerable groups. In particular: youth from rural areas, female victims of domestic violence, youth from Juvenile Correctional Facilities, Roma youth, and young people who have come to Serbia in the process of readmission.
Together for social inclusion!
If you are an organization representing the interests of some of the above sensitive/vulnerable social groups, please contact us!
Through our activities, E2E is involved in the realization of many other important objectives:
Also, SDG 8 touches on creating proper conditions for labor productivity-raising, youth unemployment reduction and facilitating access to financial services in order to provide easier and sustainable economic development of the planet.
Within the framework of this United Nations platform, we contribute to the realization of the objectives from point one – poverty reduction, point four – access to inclusive and quality education throughout life, point five – women empowerment, point 10 — decrease social inequality and point 17 – promotion of international cooperation on achieving sustainable economic development.
A faster way to Serbian EU Membership
Through our E2E programme actions, we contribute significantly to the achievement of National top priorities – full European Union membership.
In one point of the Action Plan (section 3.11), new EU strategy for the Western Balkans is asking the candidate countries, which includes Serbia, that they need to “Increase focus on employment and social reforms through greater monitoring of relevant policies and establishment of an annual EU-Western Balkans Ministerial meeting on these issues, that will feed into the economic reform programmes” which is one of the objectives of our program.
In order to help young people in developing work skills companies are really looking for, we have created a network of five partner organizations in Kruševac, Kragujevac, Knjaževac, Novi Pazar and Pirot. These are our pilot communities in which we implement the Swiss labor market management system and adapt it to the specificities of our country. In that way, we are finding the employability system that suits us best.
We are also interested to find out what are the necessary changes in the legislative framework of the Republic of Serbia in order to make this system work properly nationwide.