EU supports vocational opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Ukraine

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

In May, young Ukrainians have begun to attend vocational courses organised in the framework of the ‘EU4Youth: Employability and Stability in Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine’ project, funded by the EU.

As the first stage of participation, young project beneficiaries participated in a training programme to improve their life, social, vocational and employability skills.

The young people underwent a thorough assessment by project coaches, after which they were referred for vocational courses that offer training in professional areas that meet market demands. Among the professional areas, selected by the project participants were hairdressing, accounting, English language, manicure, and driving courses.

“Thanks to ‘EU4Youth: Employability and Stability’ project I started developing my hairdressing skills,” says one of the project participants, Liudmyla Suvorova. “I was not sure of my myself and was afraid to try complex haircuts and hair dyeing. But after the trainings I realised I need to change. And for the first time in my life I tried out a new method in hair dyeing. It was not easy, my hands were trembling. I am very much grateful to the project. I learned a lot and I want to learn even more!”

The project is funded by the EU and the Austrian Development Agency. In Ukraine it is implemented by SOS Children’s Villages Ukraine, in partnership with the NGO ‘Alliance for Civil Rights’.

The project aims at the empowerment and development of the employability and entrepreneurship potential of socially and economically disadvantaged young people aged between 16 and 35, especially young women.

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EU4Youth: Employability and stability in Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine