After the successful implementation of the first phase of the project, which helped establish 19 local partnerships in BiH and enabled the creation of about 550 new jobs, the European Union has allocated an additional 4 million euros to continue supporting partnership initiatives of key actors in the labor market. The project “European Union Support to Local Partnerships for Employment – Phase II” will enable representatives of local authorities, education, employers, public employment services and NGOs to create sustainable, partnership-based mechanisms at the local level, which will implement activities to increase access to formal employment. In cooperation with the ILO, the European Union will support 20 new local partnerships that will train more than 1,600 unemployed people for the local labor market, of which at least 600 will be employed by the end of 2023. This is especially important if we keep in mind that, according to the BiH Labor and Employment Agency, since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, unemployment has increased by 2.86% due to reduced economic activity with a tendency to further growth.
Grants will be available through a public call for local employment partnership projects in the first half of the year. Partnerships, consisting of local government, employment services, employers, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations, will propose programs whose implementation will enable unemployed people to become active and find their place in the local labor market. Special attention will be paid to employment programs for the currently unemployed and inactive young women and men, the long-term unemployed, low-educated individuals, older workers, and other unemployed people, including those who lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. In this way, the project will directly contribute to creating new jobs following the local labor market’s needs and employers’ specific requirements in their response to the crisis.
The project will be implemented in cooperation with the International Labor Organization in the period from January 2021 to the end of 2023.
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 BiH Labor and Employment Agency: Review of the state of the labor market as of October 31, 2020