The project started on February 01, 2018 and will last for 36 months. It is implemented in Belarus, Ukraine and Armenia (Yerevan city and Ijevan city) with the financial support of the European Union. The implementing partners in Armenia are SOS Children Villages Armenian Charity Foundation and Business Support Center. The project aims to contribute to creating better prospects for employment and entrepreneurship for socially and economically disadvantaged youth (16-35 years old), especially young women, single mothers, youth from SOS Children’s Villages/from other alternative care institutions, youth at risk, and increasing their active participation in the labor markets of abovementioned countries.
As a result, approximately 740 youngsters (350 - in Armenia) will improve their life, social, vocational and employability skills with support of "Life skills and Employability” comprehensive training program. They will learn about the competitive labor market, about the professions in demand, and where to seek a job. For the training program to be effective, it will be combined with on-the-job experience. In cooperation with business and state-run companies, the project will offer various internship /apprenticeship opportunities, and will link young beneficiaries with potential employers. Based on the assessment results, project beneficiaries will strengthen their professional skills through participation in various vocational education courses to raise their employability.
The project will also work in the direction of improvement of entrepreneurial skills of young people, which is implementing by Business Support Center. Through an adapted training program approximately 50 young project beneficiaries will learn how to set up, manage and grow own business. Young people with the best business ideas will get start-up funding and regular support in the pre-, incubation and post-incubation phase of their business. Therefore, it is envisaged that at least 15 business plans will meet the selection criteria and will be funded through the project.