Case Study

Croatia – Developing an Internship and Mentoring Programme with EBRD and HUP

People1st International

Summary
In September 2016, People 1st International, the Croatian Employers’ Association, HUP, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) partnered to develop an internship and mentoring programme for Croatia. This successful partnership, on a relatively short project, has yielded outstanding results which include over 135 employers signing up to participate in the internship programme and collectively registering over 500 internship vacancies.

Region
Croatia
Skills Solution
Development of an Internship and Mentoring Programme for Young People

Croatia’s economy was greatly affected by many years of recession, with major implications on the youth unemployment rate. In 2013, youth unemployment reached 50% and more than half of those young people were unemployed for longer than 12 months.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) launched the Private Sector Youth Initiative (PSYI) in partnership with the Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP), private-sector companies, professional women associations, and academic institutions.

People 1st International were asked to support and work with the PSYI partnership to develop solutions during the set-up phase.

The programme initially planned to offer at least 100 internship places for students and at least 20 mentoring opportunities for young women.

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