Increasing Market Employability (IME) programme aims to create jobs and increase incomes for unemployed and underemployed women and men in Macedonia, with a particular focus on youth.
Increasing Market Employability (IME) is a programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, implemented by Swisscontact with the assistance of PREDA Plus. IME programme is working to strengthen the business sector in Macedonia, improve quality of products and services offered, expand markets and create an enabling environment in three selected sectors:
- Tourism and Hospitality
- Creative Industries
- Green Economy
The first phase of the programme is being implemented from 01 April 2015 to 01 April 2019 with a budget of 6.25 million Swiss Franks.
IME is implementing activities that contribute to the increased income of men and women, youth in particular, by increasing the competitiveness of small businesses in key sectors and farmers. It is important that the focus is placed on ensuring systemic changes which are sustained. This allows for youth and women to access markets, generate income and adopt system dynamics in the mid- to-long term.
The programme seeks to encourage change across the sectors, utilising a market-based approach; one that incorporates effective stakeholder platforms, providing the direction required to achieve sustainable change.
This is to be achieved by implementing activities that lead to:
- Growth of Enterprises in Tourism & Hospitality, Creative Industry and Green Economy by expanding the existing market and accessing new market opportunities.
- Enhanced access to improved services (skills support functions, financial services) for enterprises in the three sectors.
- More conducive policy and regulatory framework for private sector growth in targeted sectors.
The expected key results of the programme are to create more than 2,000 jobs, with special consideration to employment opportunities for youth and women, and increase the net income of more than 1,000 companies by €1.5 million over a period of 4 years.