The overall goal of C4EE (Coaching for employment and entrepreneurship) is to integrate 1 900 young people (45% women) with marginalised or migrating backgrounds into the labour market. Through teaching them basic tools, the beneficiaries will have a greater ability to make a living and to actively participate in society. This is facilitated by means of a coaching cycle which was developed in collaboration with HSLU (Hochschule Luzern).
Albania and Kosovo remain two of the poorest countries in Europe. The chances for young people to find paid work are very limited. Although, economic growth has been sustained in recent years, hardly any new jobs have been created. The lack of jobs mainly affects young people and people from disadvantaged and discriminated groups, who are often stigmatised. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), more than half of the young people in Kosovo are currently looking for work; in Albania, one third of the young women and men are out of work. The quality of vocational training is still inadequate and measures taken for labour market integration, such as counselling or internships, are poor, fragmented or completely absent.
To promote the development of the young people, the project strives to resolve master tackle fundamental crucial pivotal constraints such as lack of professional and life skills of young participants, lack of knowledge and orientation regarding labour market opportunities, lack of access and proper services in this context at different levels. This is achieved by training coaches who implement the coaching cycle. Also, the weak cooperation among state and private sector actors in the area of employment is strengthened.
The young beneficiaries are from Roma and Egyptian communities or have a migrating background. Some of them restore their confidence as an employee. Through internships in various sectors the participants learn about their individual skills which can be realized best. Others aspire self-employment. Swisscontact is guiding these young adults in this process. Some of the beneficiaries work as cooks in restaurants or hotels, as salesperson in a bakery or grocery store or are employed within the technical sector of construction and producing companies. Swisscontact likewise supports existing entrepreneurs in creating new jobs by outsourcing processes within the company. For example a number of car dealers recognised the potential to hire young Roma or Egyptian integrating them in the cleaning process. This way, companies save costs (monetary and time resources) by washing the cars internally instead of taking them to external car washers.
Project progress in 2017
2017 - 2020