In the Republic of Kosovo there are 8 Regional Vocational Training Centers which offer free, 3-6 months modular courses for different professions. These Training Centers are dedicated to registered unemployed persons, based on the needs of the labor market.
DVV International, in cooperation with the Vocational Training Centers in Gjakova and Prizren, has enabled the opening of three new Crafts Courses for Tailors, Hairdressers and Bakers within these Training Centers.
The project is the continuation of the past two years, and it has begun with the preparation of training programs, the delivery of the necessary training equipment - which were delivered to both training centers, and registration of training participants. Due to the large number of persons applying for participation in these courses and the labor market requirements for the aforementioned professions in the regions of Gjakova and Prizren, the support offered by DVV International for the implementation of these courses is ongoing even during 2018.
So far, about 300 unemployed, mainly female, have been completed the modular courses in the professions mentioned above, and by the end of 2018 it is foreseen that this number will increase to 450 people, who will have better opportunities for employment or self-employment. The official rate of registered unemployed persons in Kosovo stands at 30.05%, while 68% of the unemployed are female. According to statistics released by the Survey carried out in 2017 by DVV International and the Employment Agency of the Republic of Kosovo, 80% of persons who have completed Tailoring, Hairdressing and Bakery courses have been employed with a monthly salary or have opened a small business.
The piloting of this project by DVV international, within the Vocational Training Centers in Gjakova and Prizren, is creating a general financial sustainability, and it is foreseen that by the beginning of 2019 all the necessary costs for the continuation of the aforementioned courses in the training centers in Gjakova and Prizren, will be covered by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, respectively the Employment Agency of the Republic of Kosovo, and will not require further financial support from DVV International.