Youth employment programs are failing

Youth employment programs are failing

Pristina, 9 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Projects of economic organizations in Kosovo, supported by the institutions of Kosovo, which aim at employing young people, are facing difficulties in their implementation.

The project “Employment Scholarship”, a project of the Kosovo Business Alliance, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, is risking on not being implemented this year due to the lack of financial means.

This project has been implemented for six years in a row and in a year, this project is estimated to have employed around 500 young people.

Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Arban Abrashi says “The Employment Scholarship” is a project for which they have committed on supporting,  but the financial means have not been distributed yet.

“Budget restrictions have not enabled us to implement this project. We have inherited a shrunk budget and the approval of the budget at the start of the year has left several programs without an adequate budget. This has been one of the reasons”, Abrashi said.

The minister said that until the end of the year, money will be saved from other programs that relate to capital investments in order to be spent on this project.

According to the head of the Kosovo Business Alliance, Agim Shahini, the failure to implement this project has wasted an opportunity to implement a number of people.

He said that in the previous years, this project has enabled direct employment in national companies.

Every year, 20 to 30 thousand people become part of the active labor force in Kosovo. The employment of these people, according to representatives of economic organizations, is becoming more and more difficult in Kosovo. /ibna/