Training for the urgent employment for production of protective masks and personal protective equipment (PPE)

The analysis so far has shown that the education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina contributes to the lack of adequately qualified workforce and a mismatch in the supply and demand of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

BiH has achieved some macroeconomic stability in its path to EU integration. However, in order to move towards establishing a functioning market economy, BiH needs to pay attention to accelerating decision-making processes and improving the business environment, as well as the efficiency and transparency of the public sector.

As many public and internal reports show, there are serious deficiencies in the education sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina that lead to a considerable disbalance between the education and labor market needs. The recommendations are aimed at analyzing labor market needs and forecast and reviewing enrollment and other related policies.

Authorities and projects have addressed skills issues on the supply side, focusing on the need to improve the number of people with relevant professional qualifications. However, there is a growing need to consider skills issues from the demand side as well. This involves understanding the nature of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that employers require and adequate support for the optimal utilization of these competencies in the workplace.

In this context, the need for more effective analysis at all relevant levels and on a continuous basis, of monitoring and anticipating employers short, medium and long-term needs for adequate workforce is a burning issue.

The aim of the training, mentoring and research conducted by the Center for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research in Sarajevo is to enhance the coordination role of local authorities and organizations in the field of analysis and forecast of knowledge, skills and attitudes, their capacity to collect and analyze relevant data, and to improve social dialogue platforms that support identifying and meeting these needs.

It also wants to make sure that measures, job training, entrepreneurship promotion, enrollment policies, etc. are based on empirical research.

Ultimately, the purpose of this intervention, undertaken by the Helvetas Moja budućnost Foundation, is to enhance local public-private dialogue in order to improve education in line with labor market and employment needs.