9. 9. 2021.

Getting a job in Belgrade is easier with the support of GIZ and the Divac Foundation

Belgrade, 08.09.2021 - Partners in the project "Employment promotion of Roma and other marginalized groups in Belgrade" presented the results of the implementation of measures to support the employment of Roma and other marginalized and hard-to-employ groups in Belgrade. The project is part of the programme of German development cooperation "Inclusion of Roma and other marginalized groups in Serbia" implemented by the German organization for international cooperation GIZ in cooperation with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights. Together with the Ana and Vlada Divac Foundation, the City’s Secretariat for Social Protection, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the Academy of Education, the National Employment Service, the Roma Forum of Serbia, SOS Children's Villages and other employers, 32 people are employed in 15 small, medium and large companies. in Belgrade, 31 people completed vocational training in seven vocational profiles required in the labor market of various companies in Belgrade, while six beneficiaries received grants for equipment for starting and improving their own business, with vocational training and mentoring support.

During the project, three types of support were provided, which included: training for profiles required in the labor market, support for starting one's own business and on-the-job training for employment immediately after the training. In addition to the mentioned trainings, two round tables were organized with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, the National Employment Service and civil society organizations on the topic of employment of vulnerable groups.

- I thank GIZ and the Foundation "Ana and Vlade Divac" for the successfully realized project despite the pandemic. Supporting members of vulnerable groups is a priority of the Secretariat for Social Protection of the City of Belgrade. The goal of all of us was to inform the members of the Roma national minority about the existence of the project in the first place and to motivate them to join the support and trainings and in that way improve the living conditions and standard of their families. In cooperation with 17 city municipalities, we reached out to users who were, above all, interested in training in the field of crafts. The Secretariat for Social Protection will continue to work on improving the position of the Roma national minority and other vulnerable groups - said Nataša Stanisavljević, Secretary of the Secretariat for Social Protection of the City of Belgrade.

The Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation had the task of implementing support measures in the territory of the city of Belgrade for the employment of the most vulnerable groups, including Roma men and women, returnees under the Readmission Agreement, women, youth, people without professional qualifications, no work experience , victims of domestic violence, young people without parental care.

- Despite the difficult circumstances and the situation with the Coronavirus, the Foundation visited people from various vulnerable groups and encouraged them to join a project that gives them the opportunity to improve the lives of their families and raise their standard of living. More than 300 users and beneficiaries from the above-mentioned vulnerable groups participated in the info sessions, while 69 of them passed all three support measures. 31 people completed trainings for profiles required on the labor market: accountant, construction machinery operator, hairdresser, plumber and pedicure / manicure. We are very satisfied with the number of people who joined the project and successfully got a job - said Uroš Delić, project manager for employment support at the "Ana and Vlade Divac" Foundation.

Out of 69 beneficiaries who participated in various trainings, 52 Roma men and women joined the project, of which 17 beneficiaries are from the category of hard-to-employ persons, ie young people, over 50 years of age and long-term unemployed persons.

- The most valuable result of the project is the inclusion of a large number of users from the most vulnerable groups in society and the labor market, as well as their successful employment. The Divac Foundation has implemented a support concept that supports the Inclusion of Roma and Other Marginalized Groups in Serbia program, ie the approach is tailored to each individual beneficiary, their opportunities to attend vocational training, get a job or start their own business and it has brought good results in employment. Another important aspect is multisectoral cooperation and the involvement of a large number of partners in the field of employment and social inclusion - said Vesna Vidojević, senior project manager, program "Inclusion of Roma and other marginalized groups in Serbia."

The overall goal of the project, which lasted one year from September 2020 to September 2021, was to improve the economic situation and employment of Roma and other hard-to-employ and marginalized groups in Belgrade. The focus was on three measures to support employment: conducting vocational training for profiles required in the labor market, on-the-job training and employment with well-known employers, and awarding grants to start one's own business.