Skills for Jobs / PrilikaPlus is a project implemented by Republic Agency for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises/ Republička agencija za razvoj malih i srednjih preduzeća (RARS) within youth employment portfolio of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) which counts three projects: the Youth Employment Project (YEP), Skills for Jobs/Prilika Plus (SfJ/PP), and the MarketMakers project. The three interventions focus on the supply and matching side of the labour market, enabling a better functioning of job intermediation services and supporting an increased employability of young job-seekers. While the projects are showing significant results, their impact is limited by the fact that the overall amount of open job positions in BiH is very low. Effective measures at the demand side of the labour market, i.e. the creation of new jobs and upgrading of existing ones, should therefore be stimulated within the newly approved MarketMakers program.
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Outcomes of BiH labor market are among poorest in Europe, with 44% activity rate (1.13 mil. persons), 32% employment rate (0.82 mil persons), and 28% unemployment rate (0.31 mil persons). The indicators shows significantly worse results for the youth, women, VET school leavers and disadvantaged groups. Important predictor for this situation is the poor performance of the VET system which is not competence-oriented nor demand driven.
Delays in reforming the vocational education and training (VET) system and in creating a more enabling business environment have resulted in a considerable mismatch between the skills available in today’s workforce and those sought after by employers. Significant segments of the labor force, mostly lower- and medium-skilled workers, are unable to find a job, while at the same time numerous vacancies cannot be filled, because of a lack of applicants possessing the required skills.
The employability and productivity of students, job-seekers and employees in need of skills upgrade have been improved as a result of systemic changes within the VET system.
PROGRAM OUTCOME 2020
Reforms towards a demand-driven coherent and more efficient VET system initiated
PHASE 2 OUTCOME 2017
Demand-driven non-formal VET system operating in BiH with proven models for application in formal VET developed and recognized.
The program works in all economic sectors, dynamic and promising with regard to the provision of employment opportunities for skilled labour. First step in our approach is to assess to what extent these sectors can absorb current and future generations of VET graduates, and to analyse which competences are needed. This represents first pillar of the PrilikaPlus model for VET assuring that occupational profiles are defined respecting local economic context and industry trends.