Boost Employment: Continuación de los esfuerzos para la inclusión en el mercado laboral en Albania y Kosovo (ingl.)

After the successful 10-year intervention for the employability and economic integration of marginalized and youth groups - based on the “Coaching for Employment” methodology - Boost Employment Project brings Swisscontact’s support to labour market in Albania and Kosovo to another level.
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Tirana, Albania
41.3275459
19.8186982
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Pristina, Kosovo
42.6629138
21.1655028
Duración del proyecto
2021 - 2024

Unemployment remains a significant challenge for Albania and Kosovo. Still in the recent years it is pushing many young people to leave the country and find better opportunities abroad. Many others circulate unoriented in the labour market trying to find sustainable opportunities, but lacking competences and not being able to match with jobs.

The present labour markets in Albania and Kosovo have encountered several positive changes in the recent years improving both services for job seekers and employers (job givers). State and non-state stakeholders are more engaged in coordinating and exchanging to create a better labour market ecosystem.

El proyecto

The “Boost Employment” project aims at changing the livelihood of unemployed job seekers in Albania and Kosovo, through digital solutions, equal access, guided matching and engagement of public and non-public stakeholders.

Among the root causes unemployed job seekers face are the difficulty being oriented in the market, validation of their skills, lack of minimum incomes, lack of work experience, problems in social circles, loss of confidence, difficulty in finding a job, etc.

The project will work in 3 main directions to enhance the relations between job seekers and employers, by developing digital solutions of assessing, developing and matching skills, by establishing and enforcing policy and dialogue among key labour market stakeholders and by raising awareness among the mass population about the improved solutions and opportunities in Albania and Kosovo.

An additional project component (2019-2021) addresses the challenges of access to financial services and products for disadvantaged, marginalised people. A supplementary financial literacy component will thus be integrated into the project activities, increasing the value and impact of the labour market insertion. This microfinance project component will boost the capacities of the microfinance institutions in responding to a wider target group and promoting financial skills of young entrepreneurs in doing business through better access to financial services and products. The project component is fully financed by EMF Foundation, Hilti Foundation and Medicor Foundation.

Goals

  1. Labour marketplace:
    Improving access to job seekers in Albania and Kosovo to assess, enhance and match their skills with available jobs. An online platform will be developed and in place for piloting as a digital tool for bringing together in a coordinated way the service providers, policy makers and beneficiaries (job seekers).  The idea for the Boost platform is to provide inclusive solutions by becoming the platform of all jobseekers.
  2. Guiding the job seekers
    during their employability path through existing coaching capacities.
  3. Mobilization of Labour Market Resources:
    Working with labour market stakeholders', service providers and groups of interest to familiarize with the objectives of the platform, services, establish common strategies and interventions and develop capacities of certain actors in offering their services and specially coaching and training in a matching way between offer and demand. In addition, special focus will be given to the dialogue and cooperation between the two governments in Albania and Kosovo in establishing common labour market policies and services and implement the mobility agreement that may offer unified services for the job seekers in the 2 countries.
  4. Communication and Awareness:
    Raise awareness among the population about the platform and its services. Awareness campaigns will be organized with selected targets throughout the timeline of the project to make sure that the services offered by the platform reach out to the communities, individuals and service providers in Albania and Kosovo.

Project Partners

  • National Agencies for Employment Services in Albania and Kosovo
  • Public and Private Vocational Training Centres
  • Private Sector Companies
  • Civil Society Organizations
  • Private job centres

Resultados esperados

  • Development of an online assessment, guided coaching and matching platform providing access to all unemployed job seekers in Albania and Kosovo.
  • Better employment access for 20,000 unemployed job seekers (50% female), and higher employment opportunities for 3000 individuals actively engaged in project services and interventions.
  • Improved and unified employment service practices under the framework of mobility agreement between the governments of Albania and Kosovo.

Financing partners

This project is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA).

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