As part of the project, a New Service Model for employment programmes was developed. Pilot offices were opened in Tbilisi, offering counseling to almost 2000 people in the first 6 months, of which 49 have already found jobs in one of the 1405 open positions reported to the Social Service Agency in this period. Following the experience with the pilot, it is expected that more job seekers will benefit from the improved availability and quality of employment services as a result of this twinning.
The 18-month long project also trained staff of the Social Services Agency and Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs to deliver targeted, qualitative, gender-sensitive and cost-effective services to job seekers and employers. Additionally, an Institutional Reform Plan was developed, with the aim to improve the quality of government's services.
The EU-funded twinning "Capacity Building of Employment Support Services in Georgia" ran from 2015 – 2017 with a total budget of GEL 3.1 million (EUR 1.1m).
Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Georgia, Vincent Rey underlined the importance of qualitative public services: "As the recent polls suggest that jobs are still the number one issue for Georgians, the EU is committed to support Georgia in modernizing its employment services. Experience and expertise from EU countries in this area can help Georgia deliver much-needed help to job seekers and employers."
This twinning was part of wider EU sector support to Georgia aiming to strenghten government capacities in delivering employment services that would help tackle unemployment in the country. Twinning is a European Union initiative, which brings together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of enhancing co-operative activities.
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