Biljana Markovic Stamenova, co-founder and managing partner of PrimePoint Partners, presented at the European Training Foundation’s (ETF) online event today, focusing on “The Role of the Private Sector in the Youth Skills Ecosystem,” on behalf of the European Training Foundation and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, during the European Vocational Skills Week 2020.
The aim of the event is to facilitate multi stakeholder partnerships aimed at extending regional networks by bringing together different organisations to collaborate, design, deliver and learn from each other’s experiences of innovative approaches of inclusion and the future of work. Thus, sharing diverse and ongoing work on promoting skills development by the private and public sector representatives from South Eastern Europe and Turkey. Other speakers included Gligor Cvetanov, Managing Director, Makprogres; Dajna Sorensen, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Finance and Economy, Albania; Ahment Soral, Brisa Tyre Corporation – Brisa Academy, Turkey; Slobodan Anic, Country Manager, AMETEK, Serbia and Mladen Perazic, Head of Sector for Education, Chamber of Economy, Montenegro. The discussion was moderation by Biljana Radonjic Ker-Lindsay, Associate Director, EBRD.
Biljana spoke about The Regional Vincinni Academy Program, where PrimePoint Partners will work with vocational schools and assist them in developing curricula for their program. Moreover, scholarships will also be provided for the management academy, assisting talented professionals. Biljana stated that the program will “specifically targeting young women and youth from disadvantages backgrounds.” “However, in order to be more inclusive, we envision establishing a business accelerator for startups and social entrepreneurs who innovate in green economies, organic food production, digital skills etc.,”this is considering that no such program currently exists in Eastern Macedonia. Hence, highlighting the huge potential for youth skills development and what this means in terms of their impacts within the region.
“Our main goal is the training facility to be an inclusive and transformational centre for the entire region, and to provide employment opportunities to as many young people as possible.”
Inclusion, diversity and innovative approaches to educational and skill development will help reduce the likelihood of future levels of unemployment, all across the region.