Swiss ambassador Guex satisfied with the progress of E2E project in Krusevac

Swiss ambassador Guex satisfied with the progress of E2E project in Krusevac

Krusevac: Ambassador of Switzerland in Serbia, Philippe Guex, visited Krusevac and on this occasion expressed his satisfaction with the results achieved through two projects implemented in this city with the support of the Swiss Government.


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Delegation of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia visited Pirot

Delegation of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia visited Pirot

Pirot: Delegation of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia visited Pirot


More than 50 percent of young people from the “Education to Employment” project got a job


Ursula Läubli, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia, visited Pirot with her associates. There they were presented the results of employing young people in this town and in Knjaževac. The Swiss and Serbian Governments’ “Education to Employment“ programme is implemented in five towns, the two above mentioned towns including. The results that were presented show that, within previous year only, a half of all young people who attended the training within the programme have found a job.




Young people have the opportunity to take part in the “Education to Employment” programme which is supported by the Swiss Government with the aim to improve the economic development of Serbia and provide for faster employment.


Ursula Läubli, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Serbia, said that the project is primarily meant to support young people to increase their employability.


“We believed that it would be really beneficial for them to have this support and it is my great pleasure to see that they now have opportunity to undergo training for jobs in different companies,” Läubli said.


According to what she said, 300 young people in Pirot and Knjaževac had opportunity to use career counselling services, a hundred of them attended training in different companies for vocational profiles needed by the business sector, and as many as 60 of them got a job.


“This is about considerable and extensive efforts by all involved in this project. Switzerland is devoted to further provision of support to youth employment through the educational reform which implies the introduction of dual education. Since youth employment is a priority of the Serbian Government, it is our priority too. Therefore, in the coming period we will support the efforts of Serbia to establish losest possible cooperation between educational and business sector and thus pave a path to faster and larger employment,” the Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office said.


Main goal of the “Education to Employment” project is to raise the youth employability level through a model of mutual cooperation between local self-government, companies, schools, and NGOs. That is why it was really important that the representatives of all these sectors took part in the panel discussion in Pirot City Hall.  They talked about the profiles which are scarce on the labour market and the problems regarding youth employment, as well as about the measures to support companies so as to raise employment.




On-the-job training is surely  one of the most important measures. It is possible to  implement it only thanks to the efforts of the project local partners: “Timočki klub”  organisation in Knjaževac and ZIP Youth Centre and “Osveženje” citizens’ association in Pirot.


Mira Zlatkov, the representative of these Pirot associations said how pleased she was that the representatives of the Swiss Cooperation Agency, which is providing financial support to the “Education to Employment“ project, visited Pirot and learnt more about the activities and results in the implementation of the programme in this town.


The project has been implemented since 2016 in five towns in Serbia. The training in Pirot was implemented for six vocational profiles which are in deficit.


“Special funds have been allocated for raising the employability of less employable and vulnerable populations. In our case these included young Roma women who had no education at all or finished only primary school . eighty  of them got some kind of support to acquire skills and knowledge demanded by the employers. The indicator of a job well done is that more than 50 percent of young people who  completed the training got a job in the company in which they attended training or in other companies. There is no doubt that people who undergo this training have better chance to find employment“, Zlatkov said.


The representatives of Swiss delegation also visited local partners of the “Education to Employment“ programme in Pirot as well as companies in which young trainees will undergo training for some of the profiles in highest demand on the labour market – “JLB-Soulier” tool shop and “Stojanović” company.



Five towns, 22 projects


In the course of the first cycle of training 22 project were implemented, support on their journey to employment was provided to people younger than 30 who belong to less employable population – women victims of domestic violence, young people without parental care, young people from rural area, wards of correctional homes, young people with developmental disability, and the members of Roma community.


For the implementation of on-the-job training projects for jobs which local businessmen in five pilot towns – Kragujevac, Kruševac, Knjaževac, Novi Pazar, and Pirot – pointed out as being in deficit, the Swiss Government earmarked about EUR 400,000 in the first round of the “Opportunity“ Fund.


Further EUR 172,500 was earmarked for six programmes to support the employment of less employable young populations, and EUR 138,000 was allocated for the implementation of nine projects to test the innovative employment models in Serbia.


Testing of new employment methods takes place under the supervision of the Republic of Serbia’s Team for Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction in eight local communities – Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Rača, Pirot, Paraćin, Užice, and Sombor.


Text: Zoran Panić / editor: Sandra Vlatković

E2E story – Swiss support and a visit to Novi Pazar

E2E story – Swiss support and a visit to Novi Pazar

Novi PazarRuth Huber: Youth employment remains in the focus of our development cooperation


A delegation led by Ruth Huber, Deputy Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Philip Ge, Swiss Ambassador in Serbia, visited Novi Pazar today. They were able to see first-hand the results of the project they are supporting in this town in the South-West of Serbia, particularly that of the Education to Employment (E2E) programme.


The visit started in Numanović furniture factory in which, within the above programme, 12 young unemployed people from Novi Pazar completed training for upholsterers and, after they completed the training, had the opportunity to get a job.



Their mentor informed the members of the delegation, including, among others, Georgette Bouche, SDC Chief for Cooperation with Western Balkans, Ursula Läubli Director of SDC in Serbia, and Sasha Miller, Regional Advisor for SDC Administration in Serbia, about the training implementation methods, as well as the challenges which the factory owners are facing due to the lack of skilled labour, which is why they benefited so much from the E2E


Delegation also spoke with Enis Numanović (27) who, after he completed the training, established employment with the Factory, which is his first employment after he searched for a job in vain for almost 10 years.



“Training went absolutely fine. I effectively learnt all operations, learnt to do the upholsterer’s job, satisfied the requirements of the management so that they decided to offer a permanent employment to me. I am happy with the conditions offered and to finally have a safe source of income. This job means a lot to me, particularly considering that my wife is unemployed and that we are expecting a baby soon,” this young man said.


Although factory owner offered excellent conditions to the trainees – which were initially accepted by six of them– Enis was the only one remaining in factory after six months. Others have left Serbia looking for a job in the countries of Western Europe. The visitors inquired about the reasons why people leave Novi Pazar and why young people do not want to work in a furniture factory, as well as how this situation can be changed.


After visiting Numanović company’s production facilities, the delegation went to the Youth Office and the Association of Psychologists which, within the E2E programme, organise the workshops of group and individual career counselling for young secondary school and university students, as well as the workshops for persons with development disabilities in which trainees acquire knowledge, skills, as well as self-confidence required for finding a job.


SDC deputy director Ruth Huber stressed that, ever since 2006, Switzerland has been actively supporting the development of Novi Pazar and Ras region which they deem to be very important.


“In this region we are implementing nine projects that cover the areas of economic development, governance, migrations, and lowering the high unemployment rate. We are particularly paying attention to social inclusion and that is why we find E2E very important. Namely they target the employability and inclusion of persons with impairments. Switzerland is at all times committed to providing support to this town and the region,” Huber said after meeting the representatives of local self-government.



The Mayor of Novi Pazar Nihat Biševac said that the projects, particularly the E2E, bear great importance for the population of this town and that the life of Novi Pazar population has improved through their implementation.

Education to Employment – Novi Pazar

During the past year, “Education to Employment” programme enabled Novi Pazar, through the support of Switzerland,  to  implement three on-the-job training projects for the total of 54 unemployed persons younger than 30, for the profiles of dairy  technologist, upholsterer, and denim tailor.


The training programme for sewers was completed by 24 young people; the amount provided for its implementation was 27,500 euro. Fifteen thousand euro was allocated to train 15 new upholsterers, and, within a project worth 21,000 euro, further 15 young people were trained for dairy technologists.


Separate funds were earmarked for the project of enhancing employability of young people with development impairments.  Almost 34,000 euro was invested into the implementation of this project which directly benefited 20 young people of Novi Pazar with development challenges.


Local partners of the “Education to Employment” programme in Novi Pazar are Novi Pazar Youth Office and Association of Psychologists.


Journalist: Nikola Kočović / Photo: Irfan Ličina / Edited by: Sandra Vlatković

Privrednom savetu grada Kragujevca predstavljen projekat “E2E”

Privrednom savetu grada Kragujevca predstavljen projekat “E2E”

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