Pirot:  In order to make easier the training for a searched-after, and continuously scarce, job of a CNC operator, five Pirot companies and local Technical School founded, helped by our programme, their own Sector-specific Working Group. This is a first step towards solving the problem of the deficit of trained CNC operators. This is good news for Pirot youth because now it will be easier for them to get this lucrative job the pay is minimum 46 thousand dinars. If everything goes according to the plan, the training programme for the job of a CNC operator – to be developed by these companies, schools, and our programme working together – would alleviate the business of a large number of companies throughout Serbia.

Among the Pirot companies initiating this sector-specific group, three companies are already included in the activities of “Education to Employment” project and take part in on-the-job training programmes. These companies are D Company, Sin-kom, and Alatnica „Krstić“.

“Following the positive experience of these three companies, the sector-specific group was joined by companies which did not cooperate with the Programme before: JLB Soulijer d.o.o, and “Božidar Mijić Božidar“ Stone Carving Company. The representatives of the Pirot technical school are also involved. They will be in charge of training new CNC operators“ – says Miloš Colić director of ZIP Youth Centre in Pirot, whose organisation is coordinating the establishment of the sector-specific group.

Solve the problem of the deficit of trained workers

The companies hope that this group will contribute to improving the training programme that will be based on their needs and that could in future become a programme integrated in the formal education process.

“The operation of this group will improve dual education process in our country by offering a training model that is based on modern technological processes and needs of employers and the market” Colić says.

According to what he said, the group will strive to ensure that its members have access to a more business-friendly environment:

“First of all, the focus is on improving on-the-job training so that the companies could have skilled labour force trained to suit their needs.  The topic discussed at the first meeting was the improvement of curriculum for CNC operators that is already developed within the “Education to Employment” Programme and was effectively used by three companies which have already trained the CNC operators for themselves. These companies are extremely satisfied with the programme which is about to finish, the selection of trainees and their diligence, and the opportunity to choose the best of them to employ“ Colić says.

Better training, better business, less unemployed people

Colić added that, for funding the training, sector-specific group aims to also apply for funds outside “Education to Employment” programme. Bearing in mind that metal processing is industrial sector that is at early stages of development in Pirot, it is expected that the operation of sector-specific group will create some of the preconditions for the faster development of this lucrative industrial sector.

“Education to Employment” – Serbia:

In the first round of on-the-job training, about 350 young people went through 22 on-the-job training projects, and further 350 unemployed was helped on the road to finding employment, all under 30 years of age and from hard-to-place youth groups – women victims of domestic violence, youth without parental care, rural youth, inmates of correctional facilities, youth with developmental impairments, and the Roma.

For implementation of the 22 projects of on-the-job training for the same number of profiles that the local businesspeople in five pilot communities (Kragujevac, Kruševac, Knjaževac, Novi Pazar and Pirot) indicated as deficient, the Swiss Government earmarked in the first cycle of the Opportunity Fund the amount of almost CHF 450,000.

Additional amount of CHF 194,000 was granted for six programmes of support to employing the hard-to-employ groups of young people, while the amount of CHF 155,000 was provided for implementation of nine projects that test innovative employment models in Serbia.

Testing of the new employment methods is performed under the supervision of the Team for Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and the methods are implemented in eight local communities – Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Rača, Pirot, Paraćin, Užice, and Sombor