Workers at factory
WBL training for CNC operators in Milanovic Ing, now a part of Siemens group.
From Education to Employment (E2E), Serbia

Work-based learning creates new jobs for youth in Kragujevac

E2E finds a formula for success in youth employment.

02. May 2018

It took the Swiss-funded “From Education to Employment” Program (E2E) less than six months to train 129 unemployed Serbians under 30 years of age.

They were trained in 10 occupations demanded on the local job market; 28 companies took on the trainees and ended up employing 69 of them– a success rate of 53.5 percent. Another 60 trainees are expected to get a job within 12 months.

Youth from the town of Kragujevac were trained under work-based learning model, directly in companies with difficulties finding trained workers. This locally-adapted Swiss methodology proved out to be very efficient in Serbia too. It has provided companies with skilled workers and improving youth employability.

E2E developed tailor-made training curricula for each of the 10 trainings offered, using the Swiss Skills, Knowledge and Abilities (SKA) analysis.

Their relative low-cost make E2E WBL training a powerful tool for communities interested in fighting youth unemployment and supporting local economy in developing faster.


The program also trained 48 in-company mentors to make sure the on-the-job-training would be as efficient as possible. These mentors will remain a valuable asset for the companies, allowing them to train future new workers independently.

Two additional youth employment support programs were designed; in Kragujevac, one of five E2E pilot communities in Serbia, focus is on youths without parental care and female victims of domestic violence.

These youth employment support programs in Kragujevac received close to CHF 190,000 from the Swiss Government through E2E Opportunity Fund. Around 350 unemployed youth from five pilot communities in Serbia are expected to be trained in occupations demanded on their respective job markets, in similar WBL training in 2017/2018 alone.

An additional 350 young people from vulnerable groups will also receive training designed to improve their employability. The two training programs are supported with CHF 640,000.