Within the framework of the Programme of the European Union and Montenegro for Employment, Education, and Social Welfare, eight new projects will be implemented from the Call for Proposals "Training activities for scarce occupations and for strengthening the employability of the Roma and Egyptian population." The projects were presented during a press conference organised at the EU Info Centre.
Nearly €900,000 will be spent on training for scarce occupations in Montenegro, involving people at risk of exclusion from the labour market, social marginalisation, and poverty. Additional support and counseling will be organised for the Roma and Egyptian populations, and part of the activities will be dedicated to raising the awareness of employers and society in general in order to alleviate barriers and prejudices in their employment.
The European Union will allocate €800,000 in grants for these projects from the Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) funds. The Head of the Sector for Cooperation in the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Herman Spitz, is convinced that these projects will help the long-term unemployed to acquire new skills in order to become competitive in the labour market.
“I would like to encourage all of the Montenegrin society's stakeholders to work in joining hands, in order to reduce the gaps between the skills available and those required by the labour market demand. We know that there is a high number of unemployed with secondary and even university education, but we also need support in the upgrading of skills for unemployed persons with lower education levels, as well as for what the labour market describes as unskilled persons.” Spitz explained.
The Minister of Labour, Kemal Purisic, announced that the projects will be implemented by the end of 2020.
"All eight initiatives have a common goal, which is to increase the employment opportunities of persons at risk of exclusion from the labour market, social marginalisation, and poverty. However, what I consider to be the most valuable feature they possess is that all projects are based on the benefits of cooperation between different actors of the Montenegrin society working in partnership,” the Minister said.
Purisic announced that next year, under the aforementioned EU-Montenegro Programme, worth a total of €18 million, another Call for Proposals for Employment Increase will be published. This time the focus will be on less developed municipalities, mainly in the north of the country.