Among mostly bad news from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) once in a while there are good news as well, but the bad news is that in most such cases these good news come from actions of international organizations.
One of them is the pilot project “NEW APPROACH – Through Strengthening of Local Competitiveness of the Workforce to Increase the Employment Rate through RPL model”. Within this project, thirteen unemployed persons from the municipality of Bužim have started programmes of skills verification and re-qualification for welders, construction technicians, masons, carpenters and tile layers. The pilot project is funded by the European Union and aims to contribute to the economic development of the Buzim area through a systematic approach to the problem of unemployment.
EU Delegation to BiH emphasizes that skills verification and re-qualification programmes for unemployed persons have been created as a result of examining the needs of the local labour market in Bužim, i.e. the needs of local employers for the workforce of a particular occupation.
Edin Kauković, one of the participants in the requalification programme for tile layers, believes that this project is very useful for unemployed people and similar projects should be implemented more often. Although he had already been working as a tile layer for many years, it was important for him to gain formal qualifications in order to better position himself on the labour market. As he stated, successful verification of his skills already enabled him to get concrete job offers.
The skills verification programme will be conducted by the Centre for Adult Education “EDUKA BH” in Tešanj, while the requalification programme will be conducted by the Centre for Adult Education – Gračanica.
The pilot project “NEW APPROACH” is implemented by the Association New Security Initiative from Sarajevo and the partners are the Bužim Municipality, the Public Institution (PI) Employment Service of Una-Sana Canton – municipal Bureau of Labour Bužim, the PI Mixed High School “Hasan Musić”, the Centre for Adult Education – Gračanica and the company “Širbegović Engineering”.
The Local Employment Partnership Buzžm is one of the 19 established local employment partnerships within the project “Support to Local Employment Partnerships in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, which is funded by the European Union with €4 million and implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO)./IBNA