Unemployment among young people in the Western Balkans is alarming, from 32% in Serbia and Montenegro to 46% in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Young people are facing problems such as limited access to reliable information concerning employment and services that should be available to them. The low-quality of internships and insufficiently stimulating environment for entrepreneurship are also challenges at the regional level that contribute to this problem, according to research carried out last year.
At a partner meeting of the consortium of organizations working within the WEB4YES project, held on 24-25 January 2019, it was concluded that the next project year will contain a large number of activities and challenges brought about by the current socio-economic and political situation that is affecting young people, especially those unemployed. In 2019, advocacy campaigns are planned within the territory of the Western Balkans with the aim of changing or adopting laws and regulations concerning the field of employment and entrepreneurship of young people. Development of the WeB4JOB platform is in progress. This platform should help young people get information and advice on job opportunities, internships, education and mobility throughout the Western Balkans region.
The WEB4YES project coordinator is the Belgrade Open School, while partners in the project are Association for Democratic Prosperity – ZID (Montenegro), Lens (Kosovo*), Association Beyond Barriers (Albania), Institute for Youth Development – KULT (Bosnia and Herzegovina), National Youth Council of Macedonia and Olof Palme International Centre (Sweden).
The project is being implemented from December 2017 to December 2020, with support by the European Union.