Kruševac: The representatives of the Educational Centre, organisation which is implementing the “Education to Employment” programme in Rasina County, visited the villages around Kruševac and organised a presentation of the programme in the school for primary education of adults with the aim to ensure that information about work-Based Learning (WBL) courses implemented within this Project  reach all prospective candidates.

 

When visiting rural communities, they talked with the secretaries, explained the nature of the courses, and left flyers and promotional material for the youth of this region.

 

“The idea was to visit the villages in the vicinity of Kruševac, to reach young people who live in that region, to inform them about the professions for which they can train within our Project, as well as to motivate them to get involved,” Sanja Nikolić from Educational Centre, the “Education to Employment” project’s  person responsible for Work-Based Learning (WBL), said.

 

 

Visiting the school for primary education of adults, which is operational within Kruševac “Vuk Karadžić“ primary school, is yet another among the activities aimed at finding the candidates for work-based learning.

 

“The representatives of this school are very eager to involve their students in the work-based learning programme, for the professions which are currently in demand. Their students are young people who acquire primary education in this school but also expect to gain some specific practical knowledge which could, in the long term, provide for them the opportunity to earn their living, so that this programme is exactly what they need,” she said.

 

Most of the students of the above-mentioned school belong to the population younger than 35 – which means that they are eligible for the “Education to Employment” programme.

 

Now available for the prospective candidates are the training courses for welders, locksmiths, CNC operators, warehouse workers, and, since recently, operators in cardboard packaging production and sewers.

 

Nikolić mentioned that the candidates rarely decide on the training for welders and CNC operators because they believe that these jobs are strenuous.

 

She added that coronavirus epidemic also contributed since it reduced the visibility of the training organised within this Project. Namely, there were no employment fairs and, for the most part of the year, it was impossible to hold informative sessions in schools. Moreover, large Kruševac companies such as “Kromberga”, “Henkel”, and “Kupera” have, in the recent period, intensively looked for workers in similar professions.

 

Within the last cycle of the “Education to Employment” project, work-based learning courses were implemented in “Milošević doo” company in which about thirty trainees learnt how to do a job of the warehouse worker, as well as in “Breza” wood-processing shop where a CNC operator was trained.

 

At present training for waiters is taking place in two coffeeshops in Kruševac and in one coffeeshop in Trstenik.

 

Text and photo: Jelena Božović / Edited by: Sandra Vlatković