To train and provide work to young people in Kaliningrad region

On 23 October 2018, a first round table dedicated to the ILO project “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS”, within the public-private partnership between the ILO and LUKOIL company took place in Kaliningrad region.

News | 23 October 2018
The event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Kaliningrad Region was attended by the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Kaliningrad region Svetlana Zapankova, Deputy Head of Agency for Youth Affair of Kaliningrad Region Denis Kalinovsky, Head of department of labour and employment of the Ministry of social politics of Kaliningrad region L. Kosareva, head of Department for Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education of Kaliningrad region Alexey  Goncharov, representative of Kaliningrad Regional Duma Alexander Musevich, representatives of ministries and educational institutions, trade unions. The ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia was represented by the Senior Employment Specialist Mikhail Pouchkin and Technical Officer for Youth Employment Julia Surina.

Promotion of youth employment is one of the high priority issues of Kaliningrad Region, which became a target region within the ILO Project. Youth unemployment rate is on average 3 times higher than unemployment rate among adults. Gender issues are pronounced. It is often harder for young women to get a job. There are also increasing concerns about the level of inactivity among young people who are not in education, trainings or employment.

The delegation visited several enterprises in Kaliningrad Region, as well as a private entrepreneur who started business with support of the Public Employment Service. This is a young woman who opened educational courses for pre-school children in Yantarny town  where such services had not been provided before. In the course of the visit to amber production “Darvin” the employer committed himself to organize an apprenticeship for young people with the support of the PES. The “Observer” is the only enterprise in Russia that produces high-tech devices for rehabilitation of people with disabilities. The company is expanding and is aiming at hiring and training new employees, including those with disabilities.

Following the visit, possible areas of cooperation, that are most important for the region were identified, taking into consideration the current situation in the labor market, including support on delivering internships and apprenticeships for disadvantaged youth, creating and adapting jobs for people with disabilities, strengthening PES interventions to tackle youth inactivity and exchanging innovative approaches on youth employment promotion between regions of the Russian Federation. Employers, trade unions, the education system representatives as well as other local authorities expressed a unanimous readiness to work together in partnerships to address the most important areas of human capital development and job placement.

Representatives of ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia expressed their willingness to work actively to address the regional youth employment challenges.