Niš, 24 July 2019
Today, in Think Innovative Coworking Space, “Leader+” and “Proximo” implemented “Speak Up 4 Your Job” Project Inception Conference. Representatives of the project introduced the wider community with the activities that will be implemented during the project, and the guest speakers spoke about the importance of practical language skills for youth employability.
This activity is part of the project “European Union Support to Active Youth Inclusion”, total value of which is EUR 4.7 million, financed by the EU (IPA 2014) and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Serbia. Project is managed by the Ministry of Finance, Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes (CFCU), while the main project institutional beneficiaries are the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The significance of the project is reflected in fostering smart, sustainable and inclusive foreign language practice opportunities for unemployed youth in Serbia through introducing, establishing and promoting structures for Language Exchange (LX) in Serbia.
The project was presented by Aleksandar Ristin, Project Manager, who emphasized the significance of the planned activities, as well as the implications they will have on youth employability.
Ivan Topalović from Belgrade Open School (BOS) spoke about modern career and what it represents, especially for young people.
Two panel discussions were held simultaneously: one was called “How to get employed on 4.0 market?”, and the panellists were the representatives of National Employment Service, Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Philip Morris (HR Officer), who discussed the skills needed for employment on the modern labour market. The other panel was called: “Contribution of hubs to youth employment”, and the panellists were the founders of hubs in Niš: Milan Petrović from UNBOX, Nenad Stojanović from Deli Coworking Space, Jugoslav Stanković from Think Innovative Coworking Space in Niš, Dragana Petković from GIZ.
After the panels, Mladen Ćirić, PhD in Linguistics and Administrator of Polyglot Club Serbia, spoke about the importance of boosting language exchange platforms for youth employability and mobility in Western Balkans.
In the evening, the participants of the Conference attended a cocktail and movie projection – Education 4.0, presented to them by Connecting – Organization for Career Development and Youth Entrepreneurship.
The “European Union Support to Active Youth Inclusion” project, total value of which is EUR 4.7 million, financed by the EU (IPA 2014) and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, aims to ensure greater social inclusion of youth population in Serbia by increasing of employment, youth activity, work experience and entrepreneurship practice among youth population. Through the project the EU and Government of Serbia has granted 24 grants, which will be implemented in more than 35 cities and municipalities in Serbia by the end of 2021. The projects implemented by the national and provincial social welfare institutions, municipalities and cities, citizens associations, foundations and educational institutions will increase the scope and quality of services at the local level in education and employment, innovative practice, active inclusion mechanisms and models and thereby strengthen the social inclusion of youth. The impact and tangible outcomes of the project are expected at all levels concerning the overall readiness and increased capacities of relevant institutions for the innovative development and management of youth active inclusion measures, policy development in line with best EU practices, and effective use of related EU financial assistance.
The project is managed by the Ministry of Finance, Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes (CFCU), while the main project institutional beneficiaries are the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Ministry of Youth and Sports
More about the project can be found on www.ukljucivanjemladih.rs
We would like to thank everyone for participating!