Pristina, May 18, 2016 – Today, 40 youth were certified for successful completion of a 3-month internship program with fourteen wood processing companies. Already 29 of them have full-time regular jobs with these companies.
“We need to help workers obtain the skills required to qualify for jobs in the marketplace, and in partnership with Wood Producers Association, Institutions of Higher Learning, Vocational Training Centers, and companies in the wood sector, we are working to provide internship opportunities for Kosovo’s youth ,” said USAID Mission Director James Hope at the ceremony.
Thanks to the internship program, the youth has an excellent opportunity to apply theoretical learning to practice in the workplace and get ready for future employment in the wood processing industry in Kosovo. They acquired new skills and enhanced their knowledge in production operations management, sales and marketing, and business administration.
“Kosovo wood processing companies are growIng fast, and so is the need of these companies for qualified workers,” says Arieta Vula-Pozhegu, Executive Director of the Association of Wood Processors of Kosovo (AWPK). “Internship programs like this one help build human capacities at the individual level in skill areas for which there is demand.”
The internship program was supported by USAID through EMPOWER Private Sector, and implemented by the Association of Wood Processors of Kosovo.
USAID’s EMPOWER Private Sector, is a five-year project designed to stimulate large-scale job creation by elevating the competitiveness of Kosovo firms. The project is implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd. For more information visit www.empowerkosovo.org