Training organized by the project “Improving Labor Market Research”, funded by the European Union, on the topic of redesigning active labour market measures, training of trainers of regional / cantonal research coordinators and training on cooperation with employers were held in Sarajevo on June 23 and 24 for the employees of the Employment Services of Republika Srpska, Federation of BiH, Cantonal Employment Services and the Employment Service of Brčko District.
In addition to focus on the quality of services provided to employers, evaluation of measures, and their impact on society in general, for the first time a model of a comprehensive redesign of active measures was offered during the training, and the aspects of redesign related to active employment measures were discussed.
Through discussions with lecturers, but also in open exchange of experiences with colleagues, the training participants worked on strengthening the capacity of their institutions for future activities and providing the most efficient services to employers and job seekers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is expected that the research coordinators within the public employment services, who have passed this training, will conduct internal training of pollsters, who will further use this knowledge in working with employers and the unemployed persons and their survey.
In the coming period, in cooperation with the Project, an evaluation of employment measures: “Employment of women 2018”, and “Employment of trainees 2018” will be carried out. The intention is to identify room for improvement through the evaluation, to deliver even better results in the coming implementation cycles.
The general importance of the evaluations is also shown by the amount of investments in employment programs, which was around 120 million KM in all services in BiH for the last year. The project “Improving Labor Market Research” is developing the research capacity of institutions, which are expected to be trained to independently conduct an evaluation of active employment measures for the first time and to propose possible changes to improve the efficiency of mesures.