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18. February 2016.

Belgrade – You are hereby invited to the conference "Working Practice as a Bridge between the World of Education and the World of Work", at which the results and effects of the project "PRAKSAM - Introducing Young People to the World of Work through Work Practice" will be presented. The project, which is implemented in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia, was financially supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.  A total of 18 companies from 7 municipalities and cities in Serbia, which had engaged 30 practitioners, participated in the practice program.   According to the results of the evaluation of the program, all the practitioners thought that they had gained professional skills and knowledge during the practice, which are important for their professional and personal development.

The conference will be held at 10 am on February 23, 2016, “Belgrade” Room, the Palace of Serbia, 2, Mihaila Pupina Blvd, Belgrade.

During the introductory part of the conference, the attendees will be addressed by senior representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, the Team for Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. Several employers and practitioners will present their experience of participating in the practice program, while the concept of quality professional practice, the adoption of quality standards and the improvement of the legal framework for their implementation will be talked over at the panel discussion. 

In the context of improving the employability of young people, the importance of organizing and carrying out quality professional practice programs is undeniable. Professional practice programs are becoming an increasingly important instrument in human resource policies and in long-term planning of the companies. However, incorrectly designed and implemented support measures for improving practice programs can lead to an increase in the number of young people who do low-paid jobs in the grey zone for a long time.  Precisely these issues and challenges, as well as examples of good practice, will be discussed at the conference. Participants in the event will include representatives of state institutions and local self-governments, representatives of youth offices, businesses, university centers for career guidance, youth associations, student organizations, practitioners, relevant experts, the media and the general public interested in the issues.

You are kindly asked to confirm your participation in the conference by Saturday, February 20, 2016, by filling in a form on . For further information, please contact Bojana Jevtovic via her e-mail address or her via her contact phone number 011 3061 341.

The conference is organized by the Belgrade Open School (BOS), with financial support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and with partnership support of the Team for Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.

Source: Belgrade Open School and Coordination Body