On 23 June, EU4Youth organised a training seminar in Belarus on the enhancement of cross-sector cooperation to support youth employment.
Representatives from across the country participated in the online event. The chairmen of the district organisations of the Belarusian Red Cross Society involved in implementing the ‘EU4Youth: fostering potential for greater employability’ project spoke about the success of the project’s activities and its importance for target groups. The participants also exchanged opinions on possible cooperation between the Belarusian Red Cross Society and the local labour, employment and social security authorities.
"The project is especially useful for young people,” said Iryna Semianiuk, chair of the Rahačoŭ district organisation of the Belarusian Red Cross Society. “For those who have graduated, became specialists or are facing a choice of profession, it is important to be informed about the opportunities offered by the local employment centres. Before participating in the project, most of the young people already had ideas of their future business, but they couldn’t even imagine that they could receive financial support from an employment centre. Other people learned that the centres offer the possibilities of retraining to acquire a profession which is in a high demand on the local job market," said Semianiuk, adding that the project solves specific problems that concern young people and helps to reduce unemployment and financial vulnerability among young people.
Participants in the training showed particular interest in the experience of colleagues implementing the project in the regions. They admitted that as a result of the training they came up with new ideas on how to use the acquired knowledge and experience in their own activities in the district organisations of the Belarusian Red Cross Society.
The “EU4Youth: fostering potential for greater employability” project aims at the development of professional and technical skills for employability and entrepreneurship primarily for socially vulnerable young men and women. The partners of the project in Belarus are the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, regional and district executive committees of the Homieĺ and the Mahilioŭ regions, their regional organisations of the Belarusian Red Cross Society, regional youth non-governmental organisation “League of Youth Voluntary Service”, non-governmental organisation “Youth Entrepreneurship Support and Development centre”, and international public association “Gender Perspectives”.
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