Fifth Training Course for Public Employment Service Conducted in Baku

The course that was held from 4 to 7 December 2018 was the fifth in a series of capacity building activities aimed at strengthening the Public Employment Service (PES) in Azerbaijan within the framework of the ILO Project “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS” funded by the Russian company LUKOIL.

News | 08 December 2018
The training course was devoted to the role of labour market institutions in inclusion of vulnerable groups, and gathered more than 80 PES officials from all over Azerbaijan as well as social partners’ representatives, research community and other relevant bodies.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Population Anar Aliyev, Deputy President of Azerbaijani National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Vugar Zeynalov, Deputy Chair of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan Javanshir Alkhasov and ILO Moscow Senior Employment Specialist Mikhail Pouchkin spoke at the official opening session.

Anar Aliyev highlighted the government’s active role in boosting employment creation, transition from the informal to the formal economy and Azerbaijan’s quest for a sustainable economic growth less dependent on the oil revenues.
The training sessions focused on the employment policies and ALMPs targeting vulnerable groups, labour market inclusion of people with disabilities, facilitating employment of women with children, PES role in supporting entrepreneurship promotion and youth employment, others. They presented experience of the Russian Federation, Norway, Sweden, Austria and other European countries.
The participants benefited from the presentations of the ILO officials: Valentin Mocanu, ILO Moscow Senior Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Specialist;  Ramiro Pizarro, Project Manager; Esteban Tromel, Senior Disability Specialist, ILO HQ; and Michael Frosch, Senior Statistician, ILO HQ in Geneva.

During the group work session, the participants developed an action plan on the labour market inclusion of disadvantaged groups and proposing concrete measures and target indicators.
All speakers stressed the important role of such training courses in increasing professionalism of the PES staff.