Mat Wright

Increasing the effectiveness of employment policies for disadvantaged groups is a national aim for The Republic of Serbia. To tackle this challenge head on, the National Employment Service (NES) received funding from the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance 2012 programme to run a new project.

To help deliver the project, the British Council will lead a consortium of partners; Goethe Institute and JISA (Union of ICT Societies of Serbia), which won the tendered bid. 

The ultimate aim is to enhance the employability of unemployed people and increase their overall chances of securing a job. It is hoped that the project’s efforts will therefore generate a more educated and employable labour force.

The project targets at least 5400 unemployed people registered at NES (in addition to the unemployed people trained through NES regular annual training programmes) in two training cycles of 2016 and 2017.

In response to labour market needs, the categories of unemployed that will be specifically targeted are:

  • those with no/low qualifications
  • youth with no/low qualifications
  • long-term unemployed
  • Roma people.

The project will run for a total of 16 months, from August 2016 to December 2017, and will be realised in six lots, covering different fields of training from healthcare, mechanical engineering and textiles, to languages and IT skills.

The consortium will manage lot six and deliver language training to 2600 people in English, German, Italian and Russian, as well as IT training, including Android and web design.


October 2016