THE MINISTRY FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS AGREED TO CONTINUE COOPERATION WITH GIZ ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROJECT FOR IDPs AND ALSO ON THE EXPANSION OF SUCH COOPERATION
The Ministry for Veterans Affairs agreed to continue cooperation with GIZ on the implementation of the Project «Professional Integration of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine» on professional training for IDPs, as well as on expanding and improving such cooperation.
On November 11, a meeting was held between Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine on European Integration Oleksii Ilyashenko and Volker Bode, Deputy Director of German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Ukraine which on behalf of the German Federal Government supports our country on the path of a democratic transition.
The Project «Professional Integration of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine» is aimed at improving the employment of IDPs and local residents in 6 eastern Oblasts (Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhia, Poltava, Kharkiv, Government controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts). Specialties range from the administration of social media and online stores, SMM and contextual advertising to various administrative professions such as an accountant or HR, as well as a social worker, a forklift driver or a seamstress. Short courses last only two weeks, and others last two to four months. Duration depends primarily on the complexity of the specialty.
«To date, the Project collaborates with 10 training providers, who conduct about 32 trainings that have already been successfully completed by 806 participants, 76% of whom are women. Trainings were held for those specialties that are in demand on the local labour market, and/or are in demand among the participants», ‒ reported Volker Bode.
Participants to the meeting noted the importance of continuing the joint Project by GIZ and the Ministry for the professional retraining of people who were forced to leave their homes and places of work due to the war in the East of Ukraine and because of the temporary occupation of part of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. They also discussed the possibility of expanding such cooperation in the future; in particular, they spoke about expanding the geography of the project, as well as the possibility of obtaining distance learning.
Oleksii Ilyashenko thanked the representatives of GIZ for helping Ukrainian citizens and noted:
«The reintegration of Ukrainian citizens who have been adversely affected due to Russian aggression is one of the most important tasks of the Government of Ukraine and the Ministry for Veterans Affairs in particular. For successful integration into host communities, returning to normal life and psychological rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, it is extremely important to contribute to their competitiveness in the labour market, have the guarantee of decent wages for the well-being and development of their families, as well as to benefit Ukrainian society».