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  • QuarterlyReportJanuarythroughMarch2012

    EducationDevelopmentCenter

    YouthEmployabilitySkillsNetwork

    AssociateCooperativeAgreementAward165-A-00-10-00106-00

  • Page | 2 YouthEmployabilitySkills(YES)Network QuarterlyReport,January-March2012

    TableofContents

    ExecutiveSummary.....................................................................................................................................5

    1.ProgramActivitiesandOutcomes...........................................................................................................6

    1.1. FacilitatePublic-PrivateDialoguethatwillimprovedemand-supplylaborexchangeatthelocallevel 6

    Results1.1...........................................................................................................................................7

    1.2. Developvenuesformeetingimmediateskill/trainingneedsofthelabormarketandcareerdevelopmentopportunities.....................................................................................................................7

    WorkReadinessSkillstrainingbyyouthservingNGOs.......................................................................7

    CareerCenters....................................................................................................................................8

    JobClubActivities...............................................................................................................................8

    InternshipLaw.....................................................................................................................................9

    Results1.2...........................................................................................................................................9

    1.3. StrengthenthejobservicescapacityofESAandprivatejobmatchingcompaniestoensuretrainedyouthhaveaccesstoup-to-dateinformationonjobopeningsandcareerdevelopmentopportunities.........................................................................................................................................10

    WorkReadinessSkillstrainingatESACenters..................................................................................10

    WorkBasedLearningProgram(WBL)...............................................................................................10

    Results1.3.........................................................................................................................................11

    1.4. ProvidecontinuingprofessionaldevelopmentopportunitiesforteachersinVocationalEducationalTraining(VET)schools........................................................................................................11

    WorkReadinessSkillstrainingforVETteachers...............................................................................11

    WorkBasedLearningProgram..........................................................................................................11

    Results1.4.........................................................................................................................................12

    1.5. CreativeinnovativemechanismstomakeVETschoolsandtheVETCentermoreresponsiveandrelevant..........................................................................................................................................12

    Results1.5.........................................................................................................................................13

    1.6. IntegrateproductiveconnectionswithcurrentandplannedUSAIDandotherdonorworkforcerelatedactivities....................................................................................................................................13

    Results1.6.........................................................................................................................................13

    1.7.MonitoringandEvaluation.............................................................................................................14

    Monitoringofworkreadinesscurriculumworkshops......................................................................14

    Evaluationquestionnaireadministrationtoyouth...........................................................................15

    Contributiontotheyesnetwork.mkwebsite....................................................................................15

    FocusgroupwithyouthparticipatingatNGOWRCworkshop.........................................................15

    Maintainingandupdatingtheprojectdatabase...............................................................................16

    Trackingsystemofyouth..................................................................................................................16

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    Professionalorientationtests...........................................................................................................16

    Filmingbestpracticesworkshops.....................................................................................................17

    2.Activitiesproposedforthecomingquarter:AprilthroughJune.........................................................19

    2.1 FacilitatePublic-PrivateDialoguethatwillimprovedemand-supplylaborexchangeatthelocallevel 19

    2.2 Developvenuesformeetingimmediateskill/trainingneedsofthelabormarketandcareerdevelopmentopportunities...................................................................................................................19

    2.3 StrengthenthejobservicescapacityofESAandprivatejobmatchingcompaniestoensuretrainedyouthhaveaccesstoup-to-dateinformationonjobopeningsandcareerdevelopmentopportunities.........................................................................................................................................20

    2.4 ProvidecontinuingprofessionaldevelopmentopportunitiesforteachersinVocationalEducationalTraining(VET)schools........................................................................................................20

    WorkReadinessSkillsTraining..........................................................................................................20

    WorkBasedLearningProgram..........................................................................................................20

    2.5 CreativeinnovativemechanismstomakeVETschoolsandtheVETCentermoreresponsiveandrelevant..........................................................................................................................................20

    2.6 IntegrateproductiveconnectionswithcurrentandplannedUSAIDandotherdonorworkforcerelatedprojects.....................................................................................................................................21

    2.7 MonitoringandEvaluation.......................................................................................................21

    3 AdministrationandFinance..............................................................................................................21

    3.1Administrationactivitiesandoutcomes.....................................................................................21

    3.2Administrationactivitiesproposedforthenextquarter...........................................................21

    4 Appendices........................................................................................................................................22

    AppendixI............................................................................................................................................22

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    Acronyms

    ALMM ActivelabormarketmeasuresAOTR AgreementOfficersTechnicalRepresentativeAWP AnnualWorkplanBCM BusinessConfederationofMacedoniaCOP ChiefofPartyCC CareerCenter(VET)

    DCOP DeputyChiefofPartyESA EmploymentServiceAgencyEDC EducationDevelopmentCenterInc.FAM FinancialandAdministrativeManagerGCDF GlobalCareerDevelopmentFacilitatorILO InternationalLaborOrganizationICP IndividualCareerPlanJCHCN

    JobClub(ESA)HostCountryNational

    HICD HumanandInstitutionalCapacityDevelopmentLESC LocalEconomicandSocialCouncilMK MojaKarieraMLSP MinistryofLaborandSocialPolicyMOF MladinskiObrazovenForumM&E MonitoringandEvaluationNESC NationalEconomicandSocialCouncilNGO Non-governmentalOrganizationORM EmployersOrganizationofMacedoniaIT InformationTechnology

    PMP PerformanceMonitoringandEvaluationPlanPPDPPR

    PublicPrivateDialogueProjectPortfolioReview

    RC RegionalCoordinatorsRFO RegionalFieldOfficesSTS SeniorTechnicalSpecialistVET VocationalandEducationalTraining

    USAIDWBLWRS

    UnitedStatesAgencyforInternationalDevelopmentWork-basedLearningWorkReadinessSkills

    WRC WorkReadinessCurriculumYES YouthEmployabilitySkillsNetwork

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    ExecutiveSummaryTheYESNetworkProjectcontinuedtoproductivelyworkwithallitspartnersinallactivityareastomakesignificantprogresstowardstheprojectsendgoal.TwosessionsofLocalEconomicandSocialCouncilforStrumicaheldatwhichtheRulesofProcedureweredefinedandadopted.MeanwhileinBitolatheformalbasisforestablishmentofLocalEconomicandSocialCouncilforBitolawasdefinedandagreedupon.AlthoughtheTetovoMunicipalityformallydecidedtoinauguratethelocalSocialandEconomicCounciltheformaldecisiontoplacethisitemontheCouncilmeetingagendawaspostponed.TheYESNetworkprojectbeganimplementingactivitieswiththreeadditionalmunicipalitiesthesebeingStip,GostivarandPrilep.All13schoolssecondaryschoolsfromPrilep,StipandGostivarhavesubmittedapplicationformsforenrollingincollaborativeactivitieswithYESNetworkproject.InterventionswiththeESACentersintheseareaswerealsostartedaswereinitiativeswithlocalyouthservingNGOs.AssessmentsoftheneedsforthreeJobClubsweremadeinthethreenewpartnerESACenters.Around80youngout-ofschoolunemployedpersonsthatarenotregisteredwiththeESAcompletedtheworkreadinessskillstrainingprovidedbyyouthfocusedNGOs.InStrumica,BitolaandTetovoESAstaffandNGOtrainersworkedwithyouthintheimplementationofsixWRCworkshopsconductedattheESAJobClubs.AsecondseriesoftheWRSworkshopswascompletedduringthequarterand100additionalteachersweretrainedtoprovidestudentswithknowledgeaboutsoftskillsusefultoindividualswhowillsoonbeenteringthelabormarket.ACareerCenteropeningceremonywasconductedintheMosaPijadesecondaryschoolinTetovoandcareercenteractivitiesandservicespromotedamongstudents,parents,municipalityrepresentativesandthebusinesscommunity.CareerCenteractivitiesincludingworkshops;presentations;competitionsandsuchlikeandwerebystudentsandschoolstaff.JobClubsinBitolaandTetovoESACenterswereofficiallyreopenedduringthequarterwhilecollaborativerelationswereestablishedwiththethreenewESAcentersinStip,PrilepandGostivar.AMoUpreparedUSAID/EDCYESwassubmittedtoMoLSP.ThisdocumentoutlinestheactivitiesandresourcestosupporttheseneededforthecreationofafinaldraftoftheInternshipLaw.InanMOUareasofcooperationbetweenYESandMoES,activitiesproposedandresourcesneededforestablishingaCareerAdvisorstraining,certificationandprofessionaldevelopmentprogramweredefined.ThedocumenthasbeenprovidedtotheMoESforreviewandcomment.AfourmoduleworkbasedlearningprogramwascreatedandadaptedtosatisfyexistingVETcurricularequirements.AworkbasedlearningprogramspeciallytailoredforESAstaffneedsandareasofinterventionconsistingoffourmodulesdevelopedwasalsodeveloped.ThefirstworkbasedlearningworkshopforteachersfromStrumicaandBitolawasconductedwith20teachersparticipating.YESandHabitatforHumanityMacedoniaestablishedregularmonthlymeetingsatwhichtodiscussandplancollaborativeworkaroundworkbasedlearningissuesparticularlyinternshipsbasedongreenjobswhich.CollaborationpotentialestablishedwiththeAmericanChamberofCommerceMacedoniaparticularlyfocusingoninternmentors.PotentialcollaborationandareasforcooperationestablishedwiththeEUfunded-FurthermodernizationofESAprojectimplementedbyanItalianconsortium.

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    1.ProgramActivitiesandOutcomes

    1.1. FacilitatePublic-PrivateDialoguethatwillimprovedemand-supplylaborexchangeatthelocallevel

    EstablishmentoflocalESCs Bitola:STSforPPDattendedasessionoftheCommissionoftheBitolaCityCounciltodiscussformalitiesregardingtheestablishmentoftheLESC.TheCommissionapprovedthedraftdecisionforestablishmentoftheLESCBitola,resultingintheformaladoptionofthisdecisionbytheBitolaCityCouncilduringitsFebruary16thsession.TheBitolaLESCwillconsistof12membersrepresentingtheMunicipality,employersandworkers.AdditionalmemberswillrepresenttheEmploymentServiceAgency,thesecondaryeducationconstituency,youthandbusinessassociations.Thiscompositionwillincludeallrelevantlocalstakeholderswhohaveaninterestindialoguearoundeffectivelytacklingyouthunemployment.LESCmemberswerenominatedbytheMunicipalityandthesocialpartners,thuspreparingthewayforaformalsigningoftheAgreementtomarktheinaugurationoftheLESC.

    OnMarch27thacommunitymeetingwasheldinBitolatodiscusswhathadbeenachievedtodatebytheYESNetworkprojectandlocalpartnerstoenhanceemployabilityskillslevelsamongyoungjobseekersandwhatlocalsocialandeconomicdevelopmenthasprovidedintermsofemploymentopportunities.Participantsincludedmunicipalrepresentatives,secondaryschoolrepresentatives,employers,theDirectoroftheEmploymentCenterBitola,youthandNGOs.ParticipantsconcludedthatmuchhasbeenachievedinBitolawithsupportfromtheYESNetworkProject,butmanymoreissuesrequiredattentiontoenhanceyouthemployabilityskillsandreducetheunemploymentlevelofyoungMacedonians.Ms.ChristineTefft,DemocracyandGovernanceSpecialistfromtheUSAIDOfficeoftheCoordinatorofAssistancetoEuropeandEurasia,StateDepartment,Ms.LeAnnaMarr,USAIDProgramOfficeDirectorandMr.JosephLessardUSAIDEconomicGrowthOfficeDirectorwerepresentatthismeeting.Tetovo:TheMunicipalityofTetovomadetheformaldecisiontoestablishanLESCintheTetovoMunicipalityduringDecember2011.Duringthisreportingperiod,theMunicipaladministrationbegantheprocessofnominatingitsrepresentativesandsendinginvitationstotheexternalpartnersseekingtheirparticipationintheLESCandthenominationofLESCrepresentatives.TheHeadoftheMunicipalCouncilwassupportiveandcooperativeduringthisprocess.Voting-inmembersfromthemunicipalitywilltakeplaceattheupcomingsessionoftheCouncil,heldtowardstheendofApril.

    Strumica:StrumicaisthemunicipalitywhichhasestablishedandhasafunctioningLESC.Duringthisreportingperiod,theStrumicaLESCheldtwosessions.Thefirst,onFebruary06th2012,wasdedicatedtodevelopingtheinternalRulesofProcedurefortheLESC.TheseruleswilldefinethebasisforitsfunctioningandtherolesandresponsibilitiesofthechairpersonandsecretaryoftheLESC,aswellasoftheothermembers.Inaddition,aworkinggroupwasestablishedtodeveloptheStrumicaLESCStrategyActionPlanthedevelopmentofwhichwillbesupportedbytheYESNetworkProject.ToassisttheworkinggroupincomposingtheStrategyandActionPlan,theYESNetworkProjecthiredaconsultantwhowilldeliveratwo-dayworkshopforstrategicplanningtoStrumicaLESCmembersandwillbeworkingjointlywiththemtodevelopthedocument.TheSTSforPPDtogetherwiththeconsultantforstrategicplanningattendedthesecondsessionoftheStrumicaLESC,heldonMarch29th,2012.TheLESCadoptedtheRulesofProcedureatthissessionandmembersoftheLESCreceivedinformationaboutthe

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    upcomingworkshopforstrategicplanningwhichwilltakeplaceinthebeginningofApril.Inaddition,LESCmembersagreedtoorganizeaTownHallmeetinginAprildedicatedtothediscussingthechallengesthatyoungpeoplefaceinthelocallabormarket.TheTownHallmeetingwillinvolveawiderlocalaudienceincludingemployers,municipalityrepresentatives,educationrepresentativesandyouth.Results1.1

    TwosessionsofLocalEconomicandSocialCouncilforStrumicaheld. RulesofprocedureforStrumicaLESCadopted. FormalbasisforestablishmentofLocalEconomicandSocialCouncilforBitolaprovided.

    1.2. Developvenuesformeetingimmediateskill/trainingneedsofthelabormarketandcareerdevelopmentopportunities

    WorkReadinessSkillstrainingbyyouthservingNGOsSelectedNGOsfromthethreemunicipalitiesreceivedasub-awardfromtheYESNetworkProjecttoimplementtheWRCprogramintheirmunicipalitieswithunemployed,out-of-school,unregisteredyoungpeople,enablingthemtolearnandpracticeworksearchandjobentryskills.DuringthisquarterTrainersfromselectedyouthservingNGOscompletedWorkReadinessCurriculum(WRC)trainingsforunemployed,unregisteredout-of-schoolyouth.Thisactivityalsobuiltthecapacityoflocalyouth-servingNGOstoprovidetrainingsforyouth.AllNGOscontributedin-kindleverageforthisactivitybyprovidingthevenuesforthetrainingandconductingpromotionactivitiesforthetraining.AppendixII.TheStrumicabasedNGOPlanetumheldthefirstworkreadinessskillstraininginearlyJanuary.Twenty(20)youthcompletedthefourdaytraining,coveringalleightmodulesinthecurriculum.InTetovo,theYouthEducationalForum(MOF)heldtrainingfor20youthontheWRC.TheCenterforEducationandDevelopment(CED),anotherYESsub-grantee,heldatrainingforyouthfromTearce.TheYouthCulturalCenter(MKC)implementedWRCtraininginBitola.AllNGOsusedtheWRCdevelopedbyEDCandcustomizedforuseinthissectorbyYESincooperationwithlocalNGOs.Ofatotalof80youthparticipants,thegreatmajorityindicatedtheirsatisfactionwiththetrainingthroughevaluationsadministeredbytheNGOs.SeeAppendixIforresultsofvariousWRCtrainingsconductedduringthequarter.FollowingtheWRCtraining,youngpeoplewillhavetheopportunityengageinawork-basedlearningexperience,suchasaninternship,allowingyouthtodevelopprofessionallyandpersonally.Inordertoprovidethesework-basedlearningopportunities,theYESNetworkProjectwillcontractMyCareer,afor-profitNGOestablishedwithUSAIDMacedonia,tofacilitatetheconnectionbetweenemployersandyouth.

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    CareerCentersTheYESNetworkprojectcontinuedtosupportsecondaryschoolsinimplementingemployabilityskillsrelatedactivitiesandintheuseandpromotionofCareerCentersamongstudents,parentsandthebusinesscommunity.Teachersandstudentsorganizedavarietyofworkskillsdevelopmentactivitiessuchas:

    Surveysaboutstudentsinterestsinspecificcareersandprofessions PresentationsbyESArepresentativesonthespecificsoflocallabormarkets Workshopsforstudentsonjobsearching,CVwriting,preparationforjobinterviews; Presentationsbyuniversityrepresentativesaboutprogramsandstudyopportunities; StudentsbusinesscompetitionsincollaborationwiththeBusinessStart-upCenter(BSC).

    TheCareerCenterattheVocationalSecondarySchoolMasaPijadeinTetovoofficiallyopenedinlateJanuary.USAIDProgramOfficeDirector,Ms.LeAnnaMarrandtheDeputyMinisterofEducationandScience,Mr.SafetNeziribothattendedtheribbon-cuttingceremonyandofficiallyopenedtheCareerCenter.Studentsfromthisschool,alsoinvolvedintheWorkReadinessProgram,presentedtheCareerCentersresourcesandservicesandtheactivitiesthattheyhaveimplemented.TheYESNetworkprovidedtheCareerCenterwithrelevantcareerrelatedmaterialssuchasbooks,DVDsandpostersobtainedfromtheU.S.Thesematerialswillbeavailabletoallstudentsandteachersintheschoolforuseincareerrelatedactivities.JobClubActivities

    YEShassuccessfullyrenovatedJobClubs(JCs)inthreeinitial(3)partnerMunicipalities:Tetovo,BitolaandStrumicatocreatemodernandfunctionalyouthvenueswhereyoungpeoplecanobtaininformationonlocallabormarketsandemployersneeds.AllthreeJCsareopenandfunctioning.TheYESNetworkproject,incollaborationwiththeESAsofBitolaandTetovo,heldribboncuttingceremoniesfortheJCsonJanuary20and27,respectively.Localauthorities,stafffromthelocalESAEmploymentCentersandtheStateEmploymentAgency,representativesfromtheMunicipalities,businesses,USAIDandtheYESNetworkparticipatedintheseJCopenings.ESAbeganprovidingWRStrainingtounemployedyouthusingacustomizedcurriculumandtrainingprogramcomposedofeight(8)modules.ESAstaff,incollaborationwithstafffromlocalyouth-servingNGOs,co-facilitatethetraining.YESisgivingcarefulconsiderationtohowitcanassistESAstafftodeveloptrainingcapabilitiesinordertoeventuallydelivertrainingusingonlyitsownstaff.IfNGOstaffbecomelongtermprovidersofWRStraining,thenESACenterthenmustbudgetforthoseactivities.YESalsobeganprojectactivitiesinthree(3)newadditionalMunicipalities:Prilep,StipandGostivar.YESestablishedofficialcontactswiththethree(3)localESAcentersandbeganassessmentsofphysicalas

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    wellasstaffneeds,establishinghowYEScanbuildstaffcapacitytodeliverqualityclientservicesincludingworkreadinesstraining,workbasedlearningopportunitiesandcareercounseling.InitialassistanceactivitiesinthethreenewmunicipalitieswillfocusonrenovationandreequippingtheexistingJCs.Tothisend,anassessmentofneedsandanaccompanyingdraftbudgetfortherenovationandequippingofthethree(3)JCswasmade.YESexpectstobetheprimefunderforthisactivitywhiletheESAswillprovidein-kindmaterialsandlaborcostshare.

    InternshipLawInordertosupportthelegalbasisforinternshipsinMacedonia,YESandUSAIDcontinuedcollaborationwiththeMinistryofLaborandSocialPolicy(MoLSP)onthepreparationoftheInternshipLaw.YESandUSAIDhavepreparedaMemorandumofUnderstanding(MoU)detailingeachpartysresponsibilitiesduringtheprocessofpreparationoftheLawandthedrafthasbeensubmittedtotheMoLSPforreview,revision,approvalandeventualsigning.YESwillfacilitatetheprocessofdraftingtheInternshipLawbyorganizingmeetingsfortheworkinggroupsengagedindraftingthelawandforpublicdebatesrequiredtoobtainbroadinputregardingthecontentofthedraft.ThesedebateswillleadtothecreationofthefinaldraftoftheLaw.

    Results1.2

    80outofschool,unemployed,unregisteredyouthcompletedtheWorkReadinessSkillsCurriculumTraining;

    NGOsforimplementationofWRStrainingselected; OfficialCareerCenter(CC)openingceremonyorganizedinsecondaryschoolMosaPijade

    TetovoandCCactivities/servicespromotedamongstudents,parents,municipalityrepresentativesandthebusinesscommunity;

    CareerCenteractivitiesincludingworkshops;presentations;competitionsandsuchlike,wereorganizedinschoolsbystudentsandschoolstaff;

    JobClubsinBitolaandTetovoofficiallyreopened; Establishedcollaborationwiththethreeadditional(3)localESAcenters; USAID/EDCYESpreparedandsubmittedtoMoLSPanMoUforactivitiesneededforthedrafting

    ofanInternshipLaw; Needsofanadditionalthree(3)JCsassessedinthethree(3)newpartnerMunicipalities.

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    1.3. StrengthenthejobservicescapacityofESAandprivatejobmatchingcompaniestoensuretrainedyouthhaveaccesstoup-to-dateinformationonjobopeningsandcareerdevelopmentopportunities

    WorkReadinessSkillstrainingatESACentersDuringthisquarter,YESstartedprovidingWorkReadinessSkills(WRS)trainingspecificallydesignedandadaptedtoaddresstheneedsofESAandtheunemployedyouthwithwhichitworks.TheESA-adaptedWRSCurriculumisatwenty-fivehourcoursecreatedthroughcollaborationbetweenESAstaffandYES.Trainingeffortsintheoriginalthreemunicipalitiesbeganthisquarter.ESAs,withYESsupport,organizedsixWRS(6)workshops.Eachtraininglastedfive(5)workingdays.ESACenterstafforganizedtherecruitmentoftrainingparticipantsandformedgroupsof,atmost,twenty-five(25)youngpeoplecommittedtoparticipatinginthetraining.TheStrumicaESAorganizedtrainingcyclesatitsJC,holdingoneintheendofDecemberandthesecondinlateJanuaryandthethirdinlateFebruary.InBitola,theESAconductedtwoWRStrainings,inlateJanuaryandlateMarch.InTetovo,ESAstaffdeliveredtraininginlateJanuaryandlateFebruary.Inallcases,trainingswereconductedjointlybyESAemployeesandNGOstafftrainedbyYESasfacilitatorsforWRSinterventions.(SeeAppendixIfordetailsofevaluationsofthesetrainings).YESplanstoconducttheWRStrainingforthethree(3)newpartnerMunicipalities:Prilep,StipandGostivarinMay-June2012withsupportofYES,theSTSforLaborMarket,ESAemployeesandthealreadytrainedfacilitatorsfromtheprimarypartnerMunicipalities.TheDirectoroftheESACenterinBitolaappearedonDeutscheWellaandRadioNovaradioprogramstospeakabouttheWRStraininganditsusefulnessfortheyoungunemployedseekingwork.Promotionofthiskindandamorevisiblepublicprofilewillgeneratemoreinterestamongthepublic,leadingtoagreaterdemandfortrainingandallowingtheESAtofulfillitsmandateofgettingpeopleintoworkandaproductiveroleintheeconomy.

    WorkBasedLearningProgram(WBL)Incollaboration,theYESSTSforLaborMarkets,alocalconsultantandtheESACoordinator/LiaisondesignedaWorkBasedLearning(WBL)programsuitablefortheESAneedandenvironmentandapplicabletoMacedonianlabormarketconditions.TheWBLtrainingisdesignedtoencourageandfacilitatethedevelopmentofinternshipprogramsandtheopeningofactualinternshippositionsatlocalbusinesses.ThesuccessfullyimplementationofWBLrequiresthedevelopmentofqualityinternshipprograms,includingmentortraining,toensurethatinternsareofferedthebestpossibleopportunitytomaximizetheirworkbasedlearningexperience.Duringthenextquarter,representativesfromESAcenterswilldefinehowtheadaptedWBLprogramcanbeimplementedinall6YESpartnermunicipalities.Furtherstepsforimplementationwillbeplannedandschedulesdefined.

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    Results1.3 Organizedsix(6)WRSworkshopsintheJCsinStrumica,BitolaandTetovo; PreparedWBLprogramspeciallytailoredforESAstaffneedsandareasofintervention.

    1.4. Providecontinuingprofessionaldevelopmentopportunitiesforteachersin

    VocationalEducationalTraining(VET)schools.WorkReadinessSkillstrainingforVETteachers

    Duringthequarter,YESdeliveredasecondseriesofWorkReadinessSkills(WRS)workshopsforasecondgroupofteachersfromBitola,Tetovoand.Modulescoveredinthesetrainingsessionswere:

    TeamWorkandLeadership; Jobsearching; Safety,rightsandresponsibilitiesatthework

    place; Financialsskills.

    YESalsoorganizedandheldthreeregionalworkshopsforthefirstgroupofteacherstodiscussimplementationofWRSactivitiesinschoolsandtosharebestpractices.VETCenterAdvisors,engagedaslocalconsultantsbyYES,willcollectandreviewbestteachingpracticesfortheWRStraining.Bytheendofthecurrentschoolyear,YES,incollaborationwithVETCenterAdvisorsandteachers,willdevelopandprintaBestPracticesManualtodistributetoallteachersthatareapartoftheYESNetworkandtoallCareerCentersinYESpartnerschools.(SeeAppendixIforresultsofvariousWRCtrainingsconductedduringthequarter.)WorkBasedLearningProgramVETCenterAdvisorsandtheYESSTSforVETdevelopedaWBLprogramtomatchandcomplementtheVETschoolcurriculum.ThisWBLprogramconsistsoffourmodules:1.IntroductorymoduleThismodulecovers:objectivesandcontentofallWBLprogrammodules,thebenefitofallpartnersinvolvedinimplementationofWBLprogram(students,parents,companies,schools)andthemethodologyoftheimplementationofthisprogram2.PlanningandpreparationforWBLprogramThismodulecoversallorganizationalandplanningactivitiesrequiredinordertoorganizeWBLprogramforVETstudents,including:promotionanddisseminationoftheWBLprogramamongstudentsandlocalbusinesses,recruitmentandselectionofpotentialhostcompanies;makingalistofpotentialhostcompanies;informationalmeetingswithemployersaboutWBLprogram;allforms,letters,agreementsneededtobesignedbetweenmainpartnersandsuchlikeprogramaspects.

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    3.ImplementationofWBLactivitiesinthecompaniesThismodulecoversalltypesofWBLactivitiesstudentscandointhecompany,suchas:companyvisits;workobservation;jobshadowing,summerwork;internshipetc.Inthismoduleasessionaboutentrepreneurshipisincluded.Foralltheseactivitiesthreemainphasesarecovered:preparation,implementationandreflection4.Monitoring,assessmentandrecordkeepingThismoduleisfocusedonmonitoringandevaluationofstudentsperformanceintheimplementationofWBLactivities.Evaluationformsformentorsfromthecompanyandteacher-mentorsarepartofthismodule.Also,arecordkeepingsystemwithlogbooksforVETstudentsforallWBLactivitiesandadoptedtotheexistingVETcurriculumisintroduced.TrainingmaterialsforWBLworkshopswerealsodesignedanddeveloped.AttheendofMarch,YESorganizedthefirstWBLworkshopforteachers.TwoVETCenterAdvisorsandonelocalconsultantrepresentativeofthebusinesssectordeliveredtheworkshop.TwentyteachersfromVETschoolsfromBitolaandStrumicaparticipated.Asapartoftheworkshop,theVETCenterAdvisorspresentedseveralwaystheprogramcouldbeimplementedasapartoftheregularVETcurriculum.Results1.4

    ThesecondseriesoftheWRSworkshopscompleted; 100teacherstrainedinWRS; WBLprogramconsistingoffourmodulesdeveloped; FirstWBLworkshopforteachersfromStrumicaandBitoladelivered; 20teacherstrainedinWBLactivities.

    1.5. CreativeinnovativemechanismstomakeVETschoolsandtheVETCentermoreresponsiveandrelevant

    IncollaborationwiththeVETCenter,YESdevelopedtheWBLProgramandreadiedittopilotinschools.TheprogramwillbeintroducedintotheexistingVETschoolcurriculumandwillbepilotedinallVETschoolsinBitola,StrumicaandTetovoduringthecomingquarter.TheVETcenteradvisorsbegancollectingbestteachingpracticesidentifiedbyteachersimplementingactivitiesrelatedtotheWorkReadinessProgram.Amanualinformingallteachersofthesepracticeswillbedeveloped.Also,theteachersfromthefirstthreemunicipalitieswhohaddemonstratedahighlevelofcommitmentandexpertiseinimplementationofWRCactivitieswiththeirstudentswillbeincludedastrainersfortheupcomingworkshopswithteachersfromPrilep,StipandTetovo.TheVETcenteradvisorswillbehelpingthemtodevelopappropriatefacilitationskillsaswellasintheirpreparationoftrainingmaterials.

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    TheSTSforVETorganizedregionalmeetingswithSchoolDirectorsfromthethreenewmunicipalities.Duringthemeetings,theproceduresforenrollingasaYESpartnerwereexplainedaswellasclearstatementsweremadethebenefitsandresponsibilitiesrelatedwiththeimplementationofprojectactivities.All13secondaryschoolsintheareasappliedforenrollmentinactivitieswiththeYESNetworkproject.Theprojectiscurrentlyprocessingtheseapplications. Results1.5

    FourmoduleWBLprogramcreatedandadaptedtosatisfyexistingVETcurricularequirements. All13secondaryschoolsfromPrilep,StipandGostivarappliedforenrollmentinYESactivities VETteachers,fromthefirsttierofschools,willbeincludedastrainersfortheWRCworkshops

    withteachersfromthethreenewmunicipalities

    1.6. IntegrateproductiveconnectionswithcurrentandplannedUSAIDandotherdonorworkforcerelatedactivities

    EDC,theYESNetworkprojectandUSAIDhavedevelopedandsubmittedadraftMoUtotheMoESdetailingtheresponsibilitiesofeachpartnerinthecreationofacadreofprofessionalCareerCounselorsfortheMacedoniaeducationsystem.TheofficialMoUsigningceremonyoftheMoUwilltakeplaceduringthecomingquarter.YESandHabitatforHumanityMacedonia(USAIDgrantee)haveexploredpossibleareasofcollaborationandhavesetamonthlymeetinginordertoplanandimplementaninternshipprogramasapartofHabitatsactivities.Thisquarter,theYESSTSforLaborMarketsattendedanAmericanChamberofCommerceworkshoponmentorship,deliveredbycompanieswithexperienceinmentoringinterns.ThisorganizationalsopresentspotentialforcollaborationwithYESonthepursuitofWBLactivities.YESSTSforLaborMarketandChiefofPartyestablishedcontactwiththeEUfundedandmanagedFurthermodernizationofESAprojectteam.YESwillcontinuetocommunicatewiththisprojecttoavoidduplicationandtomaximizebenefitofallactivitiesfortheinstitution.Results1.6

    AreasofcooperationbetweenYESandMoESonCareerAdvisorscertificationprogramdefinedandMoUdrafted.

    RegularcollaborationmeetingswithHabitatforHumanityMacedoniascheduled. ContactwithAmericanChamberofCommerceMacedoniaestablished. ContactwithEUfunded-FurthermodernizationofESAprojectestablished.

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    1.7.MonitoringandEvaluationDuringthequarterthefollowingactivitieswereimplemented:MonitoringofworkreadinesscurriculumworkshopsTheM&ESpecialistobservedasampleofWRSworkshopswithyouthimplementedbyNGOsandESAstaff.Basedontheobservedlevelofparticipation,interactivityandthefeedbackreceivedfromtheyouth,bothverballyandthroughevaluationforms,acommonfindingwasthattheworkreadinesscurriculumisreadilyacceptedbyparticipants.Thecontentisrelevanttotheirperceivedneedswhiletheinteractiveapproachmakesthesessionsattractiveandinspiring,providinganenvironmentconducivetolearning.Asaresultoftheobservationsthefollowingaspectswerenotedandrecommendedforimprovement:

    ParticipantsattheNGOworkshopsweretobe:youngpeopleagedupto27,unemployed,unregisteredatESAandout-of-school.Allparticipantsfulfilledthefirstthreecriteria,butmostoftheparticipantswerecollegestudents.Upondiscussion,YESfoundthatthelastcriterionwasnotexplicitlyconveyedtoyouthapplyingfortheworkshop.Theout-of-schoolrequirementwasnotincludedinthelocallydistributedinformationalandrecruitingpostersandflyers.NGOshavebeenaskedtoincludetheout-of-schoolcriterionintheadvertisingmaterialsandintheapplicationforms.Furthermore,recruitersdiscoveredthattheout-of-schooltargetgroupwasmoredifficulttoreachthanoriginallythought.Totacklethisissue,theM&Especialistfacilitatedagroupprocessofon-linebrainstormingonhowtobesttoreachouttothisgroup.Usefulideasweregenerated,suchas:

    askingESAtoshareinformationaboutyoungpeoplewhoarenotlongerontheirbooksbecauseoftheirfailuretoregularlyre-register;

    promotingandpresentingtheworkshoptothecollegestudentsintheirfinalyearorinvolvedinpost-graduatestudies;

    creatingaFacebookevent; advertisingtheworkshopsonthejob-mediationwebsites; advertisingtheworkshopinthelocalmediaandonthelocalNGOswebsites.

    Theoutcomeoftheseinterventionswasencouraging:allparticipantsregisteredforparticipationintheupcomingworkshopshavealltheattributesofthedefinedtargetgroup.

    ESAstaffsupportfortheWRSworkshopsshouldberedesigned:mostofthefacilitationandtrainingisdonebytheNGOfacilitator,andthereisnoplanforhandingovermoreresponsibilitiestotheESAstaff.ThisarrangementwillresultinacontinuinglackofESAcapacitytoconductWRStrainingfortheregisteredunemployedunlessESAsdevelopanfeeforserviceapproachinvolvingNGOsandNGOtrainers.ThispossibilityishighlyunlikelygivencurrentESAplanningandfundingpriorities.YEShasstronglyrecomendedthataplanforre-balancingtraininglevelsofeffortandresponsibiltiesbedevelopedandimplemented.Forexample,duringthefirstworkshoptheNGOfacilitatorcouldcover75%ofthemoduleswhileESAstaffwouldberesponsiblefortheremaining25%.Duringthesecondworkshopeachwouldcover50%andbythethird,75%wouldbetheresponsibilityofESAfacilitatorsand25%byNGOtrainers.Inaddition,aftereachworkshop,allfacilitators(ESAandNGO)shouldengageinadebriefingsessionforrevisingtheworkshop,givingfeedbackontheconductofthejustcompleted

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    interventionandforplanningthefollowingone.YES,workingwithitsESAandNGOpartners,willworktowardsincreasingtheprobabilitythatESAWRStrainingbecomesasustainableactivitywithESAtakingtheleadinitsimplementation.

    SeeAppendixIforresultsofvariousWRStrainingsconductedduringthequarter.EvaluationquestionnaireadministrationtoyouthYouthparticipantsattheWRSworkshopsdeliveredbyESAandNGOswereaskedtofillinaquestionnaireattheendofeachworkshop.DatawasregularlytransferredintoExcelsheetsandhasservedasabasisforevaluatingtheoutcomesoftheworkshops.ThedatawillbecompletelyandfullyanalyzedafterallplannedjointESA/NGOworkshopshavebeencompleted.Contributiontotheyesnetwork.mkwebsite

    Thewebsite(yesnetwork.mk)wasregularlyupdatedwithinformationaboutupcomingeventsaswellasdetailsabouteventscompleted,forexample:

    06March2012YESNetworkpresentationinGostivar 16February2012Prilep,StipandGostivarthreenewmunicipalitiesincludedinthe

    YESNetworkProject;YESNetworkpresentationinspiresexcitingdiscussionandfindings 27January2012CareerCenterandJobClubopeningsinTetovo 20January2012Re-openingoftheJobClubinESABitola 10January2012TrainingonWorkreadinessskillsforyoungunemployedand

    unregisteredinStrumica

    Successstorieswerealsouploadedtothewebsiteshowingthepositivechangesandbenefitstothepeopleimpactedbytheproject(YESreachestheyoungpeople;YESraisestheawarenessforsafeworkingconditionsinDimitarVlahovStrumica).

    Asasummaryofalltheevents,achievementsandsuccessesoftheYESNetworkprojectsfirstyearofoperation,inJanuary2012anewsletterwasdeveloped,bothinelectronicandprintedversions.Forthefirstedition790copieswereprinted:170inEnglish,370inMacedonianand250inAlbanian.About250copiesweredistributedduringtheprojectpresentationsinthenewmunicipalitiesPrilep,StipandGostivar,aswellasonothereventssuchastrainingsandroundtablesorganizedbyYESduringthereportingquarter.TheelectronicnewsletterwaspublishedontheYESwebsite(yesnetwork.mk)whereitcanbedownloaded.Thenewsletterwillbeissuedquarterlyhereafter.

    FocusgroupwithyouthparticipatingatNGOWRCworkshop

    TheYESM&ESpecialistconductedafocusgroupdiscussionwithyouthparticipatingintheWRCworkshopinTetovoconductedbyNGOstaff.ThediscussionaimedtolearnaboutthereasonsforyouthnotregisteringwiththeESA.Abouthalfoftheseyoungpeoplewerecollegestudentsandtheremainderwereout-of-schoolunemployedandunregisteredwiththeESA.Regardlestheireducationstatus,theyallexplainedthat

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    theyarenot,anddonotplan,toregisterinESAbecausetheydonotexpectthatESAwillhelpthemfindajob.Thisconvictionisbasedontheexperienceoftheirfriendsandacquaintances.Somealsoexpresseddistrustingovernmentalinstitutionsbecauseoftheirpersonalpoliticalaffiliationsandthedominatinginfluencetheyseecomingfromthepoliticalpartiescurrentlycontrollingthegovernmentatalllevels.Theygenerallydonotseeanypositiveoptionregardingtheirfutureemploymentbecausetheyareconvincedthatajobcanonlybesecuredthroughconnections.Therefore,theymostlyseethemselvesasmovingtowardself-employment.YouthalsocitedthatemploymentofferedthroughtheESAprocesswillmostlylikelybeanunattractiveposition.YouthstatedthattheonlyreasonforregisteringwithESAwastogainaccesstohealthinsurance.TheyoungpeoplevisiblychangedtheirviewsontheESAafterreceivinginformationabouttheActiveLaborMarketMeasures(ALMM)implementedthroughESA.TheystatedthatthisinformationpaintsanotherpicturethatmightmotivatethemtoregisteratESA.ThisfocusgroupagainconfirmsthatESAvisibilityamongyoungpeopleisverylow,resultinginfewerregisteredindividualsandalackofuseoftheopportunitiesforemploymentthattheESAsoffer.Atvariousmeetings,theESACentralOfficeinSkopjehassignaleditsunderstandingthegeneralpublichasofESAservicesismeageratbestandfrequentlymisinformed.AlthoughESAhasapositionforOutreachandPR,thepositionisvacantandtherearenoplanstofillit.

    Maintainingandupdatingtheprojectdatabase

    YESworkstoregularlyupdatetheprojectdatabaseanddatabasereports.ThelatestreportsarepresentedinAppendixI

    TrackingsystemofyouthYEShasidentifiedtheneedtocreateatrackingsystemfocusedonyouthwhocompleteYESNetworkprogramsandfindajoborcontinueontotertiary(universitylevel)education.Currently,theYESprojectcannotmakeobjectivenorqualitativestatementsregardingtheimpactofitsassistancemeasuresandinterventionswithoutcollectingthisinformation. Atpresent:

    secondaryschoolsdonothaveatrackingsystem; ESAonlycollectsinformationonthoseregisteredthathavefoundajob.Itdoesnotcollect

    informationonindividualswhoallowedtheirregistrationtolapse,noronthosechangedjobsorbecamejoblessbutdidnotre-register.

    Theexistingtrackingsystemrequirestelephonecallsore-mailcommunication,thatis,directcommunicationwitheachindividual.YESwilldiscusswithESAwhatresourcesfinancial,materialandhumancanbeappliedtothecreationandapplicationofasystemthatcanyieldaccuratedataatanaffordablelevel.ProfessionalorientationtestsYEScontinuedtoexploreopportunitiesforstandardizationofprofessionalorientationtestsforuseinMacedonia.EDCHomeOfficehasmadeoverturestoPearsonInc.,apublisherofsuchtestsintheU.S.,thoughnoagreementhasbeenmadeyet.TheM&EandVETSpecialistsheldtwomeetingswith

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    representativesfromtheMacedonianAssociationofCareerCounselorstolearnaboutthisAssociationsresourcesinrespectofcareerplanningtools.FilmingbestpracticesworkshopsDuringMarch2012,YESdeliveredworkshopsforfilmingbestpracticesWRSinBitola,StrumicaandTetovo.Teachersfromsecondaryschools,ESAemployeesandNGOfacilitatorsparticipatedinthesetrainings.Thegoalsofthisactivityare:

    tocreateapoolofvideosthatpresentgoodpracticesintheimplementationoftheworkreadinessskillscurriculumwithdifferentyouthgroups;

    tocreateacloudbasedvirtualreferencelibraryoftrainingsessionsandlessonsaccessibletoallwhowishtorefreshtheirknowledgeofparticularworkreadinessskillstopics;

    toprovideopportunitiesforsustainableprofessionaldevelopmentthroughpeer-collaborationamongtrainersandfacilitators;

    toofferopportunitiesforstrengtheningthelinksbetweentherelevantinstitutionsandemployers;

    Oncethevideosareprepared,theywillhavemanyapplications: learningandrefreshingofsoftskillsknowledgebyyouth; on-goingprofessionaldevelopmentfortrainers,facilitatorsandCareerCounselors; disseminationofthecurriculumamongyouth; disseminationofthecurriculumamongemployers;

    Atotalof55peopleparticipatedinthethreeworkshopsconductedduringMarch.Mostoftheparticipants(67%)wereteachersfrom13YESpartner-secondaryschools.Representativesof14NGOsand2ESAcenters(BitolaandTetovo)tookpartintheworkshopsalso.Thegenderdistributionwasinfavorofthefemaleparticipants(54.5%).Therewere40Macedonianand15Albanianparticipantsfromallthreemunicipalities.

    20

    13 22

    NumberofparXcipantsbymunicipality

    Bitola Strumica Tetovo

    37

    4

    14

    NumberofparXcipantsbyinsXtuXon

    Secondaryschools ESA NGOs

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    Theevaluationformcontained10multiplechoiceand3open-endedquestionswhichthatexplorednewskillsgainedandparticipantsperceptionoftheimportanceandthebenefitsoffilmingbestpracticesinregardstotheirprofessionaldevelopmentandintheimprovementoftheWRSworkshopsdelivery.

    Theresponsesfromallthreemunicipalitiesillustratedverysimilarparticipantopinions. Almostalloftheparticipants(98%)consideredtheworkshoptobeusefulfortheirworkaswell

    asforimprovingtheirfacilitationoftheWRCworkshops.Regardingthedifficultyofimplementingthenewlylearnedactivity,theparticipantsthoughtthatitwillbeabitmorechallengingtofilmtheactivitieswiththeyoungpeople,ratherthantoeditthefilmedmaterial.

    Around95%statedtheywerewillingtoworkfurtheronimprovingtheirskillsandmakingvideos,while60%ofthesestatedthattheywillneedhelptodoit.

    Althoughmorethanhalfoftheparticipants(55.5%)havealreadybeenfilmingactivitieswithyoungpeople,almostallofthem(96%)statedthatthisworkshoppromptedthemtobemoreengagedinfilmingandmakingvideos.Lessthan5%plannottobeinvolvedfurtherinthisactivity.

    Mostoftheparticipantsstressedthattheirnewlyacquiredskillsforeditingvideomaterialandmakingmovieswillimproveasaresultofthisworkshop.Manyofthemconsiderthatthesoft

    Iconsiderthisworkshoptobeusefulformywork.

    IthinkthatmakingvideoswillimprovemyworkasWRCfacilitator.

    Iwanttomastertheskillsformakingvideos.

    Ithinkitwillbeverydifficultformetofilmtheacnvineswiththeyouth.

    Ithinkitwillbeverydifficultformetoeditthefilmedmaterial.

    Iwanttomakevideos,butIneedhelptodoit.

    Iwanttomakevideos,andIcandoitwithoutanyhelp.

    Idonotplantofilmtheacnvineswiththeyouthandmakevideos.

    Thisworkshoppromptedmetofilmtheacnvinesandmakevideos.

    Iwasfilmingacnvineswiththeyoungpeopleevenbeforethisworkshop.

    46

    45

    45

    32

    24

    27

    15

    2

    45

    25

    1

    1

    2

    15

    23

    18

    16

    44

    2

    20

    TOTALNO YES

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    skillsworkshops/classestheydeliverwillimprovethroughincreasedparticipantinteractivityandmotivation;andthroughnewandcreativewaysofactiveinformationtransferandteaching.Strumicaparticipantsindicatedthatthecriteriapresentedformakingqualitymoviesandthefilmingadvicegivenwillhelpthemsignificantlytoimprovetheirwork.SomeoftheBitolaparticipantsfromtheNGOsandtheESACenterstatedthattheywillusethesenewskillsforpresentingtheiractivitiesandforpromotionofthisservice.InTetovo,themethodofself-evaluationthroughseeingthefilmedmaterialwasstatedasmostimportantinimprovingthefacilitatorsworkaswellasdevelopingparticipantsskills.

    Participantsfromallthreemunicipalitiesagreedthatthebiggestbenefitfrommakingandsharingvideosisactuallytheactofsharingexperiencesandofimprovingthevarietyofteachingandinformationtransferactivities.InStrumica,participantshighlightedincreasedcreativitythroughparticipatinginthetraining,whichwouldmakeclassesmoreinterestingforyoungpeople.TheparticipantsfromBitolaandTetovoalsomentionedincreasedmotivationandengagementofstudentsasthebiggestpotentialbenefittotraining.InTetovo,participantsemphasizedfilmingyoungpeople,aswellasfacilitators,formoreeffectiveself-evaluation.

    ManyparticipantsstressedthattheworkshopwasveryusefulforthemandincreasedtheirmotivationtocarryoutWRSactivities.Accordingtothemajorityofparticipants,theworkshopwaswellorganizedandinteresting.However,somestatedthattheywouldlikemorepracticeandlesstheory.Theircommentsalsomentionedthededicationandcordialattitudeoftrainerstowardsparticipants.

    2.Activitiesproposedforthecomingquarter:AprilthroughJune2.1 FacilitatePublic-PrivateDialoguethatwillimprovedemand-supplylabor

    exchangeatthelocallevel

    FacilitatethethirdmeetingoftheStrumicaLESC; Meetwiththenewmunicipalities(Stip,PrilepandGostivar)toidentifypotentialLESCmembers; HoldstrategicplanningsessionanddevelopmentofStrategicandActionPlanforStrumicaLESC; SupportStrumicaLESCtoorganizeatownhallmeeting. WorkshopforcapacitybuildingofStrumicaLESCmemberstodevelopskillsforengagementin

    effectivedialogue

    2.2 Developvenuesformeetingimmediateskill/trainingneedsofthelabormarketandcareerdevelopmentopportunities

    TrainNGOrepresentativesfromthethreenewmunicipalitiesincontentanddeliverytechniques

    mechanismsofWRScurriculum; HoldtrainingimplementedbyNGOMOFonWRSforsecondgroupofunemployedout-of-

    schoolyouthinTetovo; Providing,throughMojaKariera,internshipopportunitiesofthreemonthsduration,for

    youngout-of-schoolunemployedyouthwhoarenotregisteredintheESA;

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    STSforVETwillvisitall13secondaryschoolsinPrilep,StipandGostivarandidentifypotentialfacilitieswhereCareerCenters(CC)intheseschoolswillbelocated;theSTSforVETwillmakeapreliminarylistoffurnitureandITequipmentforpurchaseforthesefacilities.

    CCactivitieswillcontinuetobeimplementedinallschools.Thisincludes:promotionofCCservicesamongstudentsandlocalcommunity;providingcareerrelatedservicestostudents(e.g.jobsearchtrainings;possibilityforWBLactivities;possibilitiesforfurthereducation;recruitmentofprimaryschoolstudents).

    AsapartoftheannuallyorganizededucationalfairEducationalRendezvous2012whichwillbeheldinStrumicaApril20-21,YES,incollaborationwithMacedonianYouthAssociationofVocationalHighSchools(MASSUM),willorganizeastudentcompetitiononBeston-lineCareerPortfolio.VETstudents,ESAregisteredunemployedyouthandNGOsupportedunregisteredout-of-schoolyouthwillparticipateinthiscompetition.

    Therenovationofthree(3)additionalJCswillstartinMayandwillbecompletedbytheendofthecomingquarter.

    2.3 StrengthenthejobservicescapacityofESAandprivatejobmatchingcompanies

    toensuretrainedyouthhaveaccesstoup-to-dateinformationonjobopeningsandcareerdevelopmentopportunities

    WRSworkshopwillbedeliveredtoESAstafffromtherecentlyaddednewpartner3

    municipalitiesinMayandJune2012; InearlyApril,YESwillimplementaWBLworkshopforESAstafffromsix(6)Municipalities; YESwilldesignedandimplementacompetitionforregisteredunemployedyouthinESAforbest

    careeron-lineportfolioaspartoftheEducationalRendezvousAnnualFair.

    2.4 Providecontinuingprofessionaldevelopmentopportunitiesforteachersin

    VocationalEducationalTraining(VET)schools.WorkReadinessSkillsTraining

    YESwilldeliverthefirstseriesofWRSworkshopsfor13secondaryschoolsinStip,PrilepandGostivar.Approximately70teacherswillparticipate;

    YESwillcontinuethesharingbestteachingpracticesofWRSactivitiesinschool.

    WorkBasedLearningProgram YESwilldeliverthefirstseriesofWBLworkshopsforVETteachersfromTetovo;YESwillassist

    eachVETteacherparticipantattheWBLtrainingtopilotatleastoneWBLactivitywithstudentsbytheendofthisschoolyear.

    2.5 CreativeinnovativemechanismstomakeVETschoolsandtheVETCentermore

    responsiveandrelevant TheVETCenterandYESwilldeveloptheWBLcurriculumforfreeschoolactivities. Thebestteachersfromthefirstthreepilotmunicipalitieswillbeincludedastrainersforthe

    upcomingWRworkshops.

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    2.6 IntegrateproductiveconnectionswithcurrentandplannedUSAIDandother

    donorworkforcerelatedprojects TheYESNetworkProjectandtheMoESwillofficiallysignanMoUonthecreationofCareer

    AdvisorsTrainingandAccreditation.YESwillorganizeanofficialsigningceremony.

    2.7 MonitoringandEvaluation GatherfielddatafortheevaluationoftheWRCimplementationinthefirstthree

    municipalities(Bitola,Tetovo,Strumica); Gatherbaselinestudyfielddatainthreenewmunicipalities(Prilep,Gostivar,Stip); Inputandprocessdata; ImplementthesecondroundofFilmingBestPracticesworkshops; MaintainandupdatetheYESdatabase; Contributetoandoverseetheexpansionofwebsitecontent.

    3 AdministrationandFinance

    3.1AdministrationactivitiesandoutcomesTheactivitiescompletedduringthequarterinclude:

    OfferedlogisticalsupportfortheJCandCCopenings; OrganizedandofferedlogisticalsupporttoESCTetovoandBitolasigningceremonies; Preparedandobtainedsignaturesforsubgrantcontractsfor3selectedgrantees; Receivedandreviewedreports(andsupportingdocuments)fromgrantees; Organizedandofferedlogisticalsupportfortheprojectpresentationsin3newmunicipalities; SubmittedVATreimbursementapplicationforperiodJune-September2011toUSAID; PreparedandsubmittedbudgetreviewandrealignmenttoUSAIDattherequestofAOTR..

    3.2AdministrationactivitiesproposedforthenextquarterActivitiesplannedforthecomingquarter:

    SubmitDispositionPlanforFurniture/EquipmentpurchasetoUSAIDforconcurrence; FinalizebudgetrealignmentincollaborationwithUSAID; FinalizeMojaKarieracontractforworkbasedlearning(internships); IssuecontractsforMASSUMandYESparticipationintheEducationalRendezvous; DraftandfinalizecontractswithlocalconsultantsfromESAandtheVETCenterforfurtherwork

    ontheWRSandWBLtrainings; SecuretheservicesofalocalhireDCOPpositionannouncement(EDCinternalonlyupon

    requestfromUSAID),interviewingapplicantsbyYESandEDCstaff,makeoffer;hireacceptablecandidate.

    TrainDCOPtotakeupCOPpositionbeforetheendofthecalendaryear; Recruitthree(3)fieldofficestaffasrequestedinbudgetrealignment; Recruitfour(4)individualswhocompletetheirinternshipsattheendofMay; AssessbidsandawardcontractsforserviceprovisionITservices,transportation,JCandCC

    renovation,websitemaintenanceandupdating,officesupplyprovision

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    4 Appendices

    AppendixIWORKREADINESSTRAININGSJanuaryMarch2012EVALUATIONCHARTS1. WRCTraininginStrumica12-13January2012

    Participants:Secondgroupofteachers(23)fromthesecondaryschoolsinStrumica.

    Thescaleis1through5indicating,respectivelylowesttohighestvaluation.

    4.45

    4.70

    4.55

    4.70

    4.504.45

    4.42

    4.604.55

    4.80

    4.45

    4.554.60

    4.75

    4.654.60

    4.554.50

    4.55

    4.65

    TEAMWORKANDLEADERSHIP

    JOBSEEKINGSKILLS SAFETY,RIGHTSANDRESPONSIBILITIES

    FINANCIALSKILLS

    Chart1.ParXcipants'evaluaXonofeachmoduleatthetraininginStrumica12-13January,2012

    Howrelevantisthesessioncontentfortheyouth?

    Howrelevantisthesessionapproachfortheyouth?

    Assessmentoftheinteracnvitylevel

    Howcomfortabledoyoufeelatthislevelofinteracnvity?

    Isthislevelofinteracnvityappropriatefortheyouth?

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    Thescaleis1through5indicating,respectivelylowesttohighestvaluation.

    Howmuchdidtheworkshophelpyouasafascilitator/trainer?

    Howmuchdidtheworkshopacnvineshelpyou?

    Howmuchdidthetrainingmethodshelpyou?

    Inthecurriculummodules,howhard/easywasittofollowtheacnvinesinstrucnonsandtounderstand

    thevocabularyused?

    Werethematerialsinthecurriculummodulesusefulandeasytounderstand?

    4.42

    4.42

    4.32

    4.74

    4.50

    Chart2.ParXcipants'evaluaXonoftheenXretraining-Strumica25-26November,2011

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    2. WRCTraininginBitola17-18January2012

    Participants:Secondgroupofteachers(28)fromthesecondaryschoolsinBitola.

    Thescaleis1through5indicating,respectivelylowesttohighestvaluation.

    4.71 4.76 4.76

    4.43

    4.76 4.814.86

    4.52

    5.00 4.95 4.954.86

    4.95 4.95 4.95

    4.714.76 4.764.81

    4.71

    TEAMWORKANDLEADERSHIP

    JOBSEEKINGSKILLS SAFETY,RIGHTSANDRESPONSIBILITIES

    FINANCIALSKILLS

    Chart1.ParXcipants'evaluaXonofeachmoduleatthetraininginBitola17-18January,2012

    Howrelevantisthesessioncontentfortheyouth?

    Howrelevantisthesessionapproachfortheyouth?

    Assessmentoftheinteracnvitylevel

    Howcomfortabledoyoufeelatthislevelofinteracnvity?

    Isthislevelofinteracnvityappropriatefortheyouth?

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    Thescaleis1through5indicating,respectivelylowesttohighestvaluation.

    Howmuchdidtheworkshophelpyouasafascilitator/trainer?

    Howmuchdidtheworkshopacnvineshelpyou?

    Howmuchdidthetrainingmethodshelpyou?

    Inthecurriculummodules,howhard/easywasittofollowtheacnvinesinstrucnonsandtounderstand

    thevocabularyused?

    Werethematerialsinthecurriculummodulesusefulandeasytounderstand?

    4.42

    4.42

    4.32

    4.74

    4.50

    Chart2.ParXcipants'evaluaXonoftheenXretrainingBitola17-18January,2011

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    3. WRCTraininginTetovo17-18January2012

    Participants:SecondgroupofteachersfromthesecondaryschoolsinTetovo;27Macedonianand30Albanianparticipants.

    4.304.21 4.23

    4.004.06 4.074.22

    4.09

    4.35 4.41 4.404.22

    4.554.47 4.40

    4.49

    4.18 4.20 4.22 4.22

    TEAMWORKANDLEADERSHIP

    JOBSEEKINGSKILLS SAFETY,RIGHTSANDRESPONSIBILITIESAT

    WORK

    FINANCIALFITNESS

    Chart1.ParXcipants'evaluaXonofeachmoduleatthetraininginTetovo27-28January,2012

    Howrelevantisthesessioncontentfortheyouth?

    Howrelevantisthesessionapproachfortheyouth?

    Assessmentoftheinteracnvitylevel

    Howcomfortabledoyoufeelatthislevelofinteracnvity?

    Isthislevelofinteracnvityappropriatefortheyouth?

    Howmuchdidtheworkshophelpyouasafascilitator/trainer?

    Howmuchdidtheworkshopacnvineshelpyou?

    Howmuchdidthetrainingmethodshelpyou?

    Inthecurriculummodules,howhard/easywasittofollowtheacnvinesinstrucnonsandtounderstandthe

    vocabularyused?

    Werethematerialsinthecurriculummodulesusefulandeasytounderstand?

    4.44

    4.47

    4.43

    4.43

    4.46

    Chart2.ParXcipants'evaluaXonoftheenXretrainingTetovo27-28January,2011

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    AppendixII

    COSTSHAREASSESMENTREPORT

    INKINDCONTRIBUTION

    Vendor Donor

    #

    NameofInstitution(locationoftheCCor

    JC)DescriptionofProduct/Service Location

    VendorName,Location Donatedby: PriceinMKD

    1 HighSchoolKirilPejcinovik Paint TetovoZibing,Tetovo n/a

    6,300.00

    2 HighSchoolKirilPejcinovik Gypsumboards TetovoZibing,Tetovo n/a

    3,000.00

    3 HighSchoolKirilPejcinovik Paintingofwalls Tetovo n/aSchoolmaintenancepersonnel

    5,000.00

    4 HighSchool8Septemvri Paintandpaintingofwalls TetovoNB-Kompani,Tetovo n/a

    10,000.00

    5 HighSchool8Septemvri Carpet TetovoNB-Kompani,Tetovo n/a

    2,200.00

    6 HighschoolMoshaPijade Paintandpaintingofwalls TetovoDarakom,Tetovo n/a

    4,500.00

    7 HighschoolMoshaPijade Lightning,includingassembly TetovoValdrinielektrik,Tetovo

    n/a 5,400.00

    8 HighschoolMoshaPijade Ventilation TetovoValdrinielektrik,Tetovo

    n/a 2,700.00

    9 HighschoolMoshaPijade Tables TetovoHitmobel,Tetovo n/a

    12,000.00

    10 ESATetovo Paint,paintingofwalls,radiators TetovoDarakom,Tetovo n/a

    3,500.00

    11 ESATetovo Neonlights,plasticcovers Tetovo Tehnoval,Tetovo n/a1,500.00

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    12 WorkersUniversity,tetovo

    SpacefortheRegionalofficeinTetovoMonthlyRentofofficespace(30m)MKD8,118startingApril2011throughApril2012-13months

    Tetovo n/aRabotnickiUniverzitet,Tetovo

    105,534.00

    13 HighSchoolGjoceStojceski

    Replacingoldwindowswithnewplasticwindows,includingassemblyandtransportation

    Tetovo Trodalt,Tetovo n/a88,000.00

    14 HighSchoolGjoceStojceski

    Materials,repairingandpaintingwalls,paintingradiators

    Tetovo Trodalt,Tetovo n/a49,414.00

    15 HighSchoolGjoceStojceski Flooring,includingassembly TetovoTrodalt,Tetovo n/a

    19,201.00

    16 HighSchoolGjoceStojceski Lightning,includingassembly TetovoTrodalt,Tetovo n/a

    10,800.00

    17 HighSchoolGjoceStojceskiReplacingolddoorwillnew,includingassembly Tetovo

    Trodalt,Tetovo n/a

    18,400.00

    18 HighschoolNikolaShtejn Door TetovoInfonotprovided n/a

    4,700.00

    19 HighschoolNikolaShtejn 6Tables TetovoInfonotprovided n/a

    7,000.00

    20 HighschoolNikolaShtejn 10Chairs TetovoInfonotprovided n/a

    6,500.00

    21 HighSchoolTakiDaskalo,BitolaPaintingofthewalls,windows,door Bitola Sabina n/a

    4,120.00

    22 HighSchoolTakiDaskalo,Bitola Lighting(neon) Bitola Sabina n/a2,000.00

    23 HighSchoolKuzmanShapkarev,BitolaPaintingofthewalls,windows,door Bitola Company n/a

    30,000.00

    24 ESABitola Paintingofthewalls Bitola Company n/a 6,770.00

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    25 ESABitola Bookshelf Bitola n/aDrvodezenTrejd(Company)

    1,500.00

    26 ESABitola BindingofpostersforJobClubinESABitola Bitola n/aFustelarkoBorec(Company)

    1,000.00

    27 ESABitola FramesforpostersforJobClubinESABitola Bitola n/aPrivatecompany

    1,500.00

    28 ESABitola Swichforinternet Bitola Company n/a 2,000.00

    29 ESABitola UTPcable Bitola AlfaElektronik n/a600.00

    30 HighSchoolGjorgjiNaumov,Bitola

    ReplacementofnewplasterboardsKNAUFonwallsandceiling,paintingofthewalls

    Bitola Company n/a 90,700.00

    31 HighSchoolGjorgjiNaumov,BitolaCoat-hangerforCareerCentre Bitola Company n/a

    3,500.00

    32 HighSchoolGjorgjiNaumov,BitolaFramesandglassforpostersforJobClubinCareerCentre Bitola Company n/a

    6,000.00

    33 HighSchoolGjorgjiNaumov,BitolaVenetianblindsforwindowsinCareerCentre Bitola AluklipBitola n/a

    11,000.00

    34 Businessstartupcenter,Bitola

    SpacefortheRegionalofficeinBitolaMonthlyrentisMKD6,150,startingApril2011throughApril2012-13months

    Bitola n/a BusinessStartUpCenter79,950.00

    35 HighSchoolJaneSandanski,Strumica Painting StrumicaInfonotprovided n/a

    1,500.00

    36 HighSchoolJaneSandanski,Strumica Floorrenovation StrumicaInfonotprovided n/a

    3,000.00

    37 HighSchoolJaneSandanski,StrumicaWindowwithaluminiumframe Strumica

    Infonotprovided n/a

    6,000.00

    38 ESAStrumica RenovationoftheJobClub Strumica Infonotprovided n/a6,500.00

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    39 ESAStrumica PaintingoftheJobClub Strumica n/aStrumicaMunicipalPrison

    5,000.00

    40 HighSchoolNikolaKarev,Strumica

    Replacementofwindowswithnewwithaluminiumframe(2x28,000)

    Strumica Infonotprovided n/a56,000.00

    41 HighSchoolNikolaKarev,Strumica Aluminiumfrontdoor StrumicaInfonotprovided n/a

    18,500.00

    42 HighSchoolNikolaKarev,Strumica Newfloor(48m2x540) StrumicaInfonotprovided n/a

    25,920.00

    43 HighSchoolNikolaKarev,Strumica Tables(10x2,400) StrumicaInfonotprovided n/a

    24,000.00

    44 StrumicaInkubator,Strumica

    SpaceforRegionalOfficeinStrumicaMonthlyrentisMKD9,225startingApril2011throughApril2012-13months

    Strumica n/a StrumicaInkubator119,925.00

    45 YouthEducationalForum,Skopje

    CostshareforsubgrantagreementforWRCtraininginTetovo

    Tetovo n/aYouthEducationalForum

    28,600.00

    46 YouthEducationalForum,Skopje

    CostshareforsubgrantagreementforWRCtraininginTetovo

    Tetovo n/aYouthEducationalForum

    8,000.00

    47 EDPlanetumCostshareforsubgrantagreementforWRCtraininginStrumica

    Strumica n/a EDPlanetum 58,600.50

    48 CenterforEducationandDevelopment

    CostshareforsubgrantagreementforWRCtraininginTearce

    Tearce n/aCenterforEducationandDevelopment

    6,000.00

    49 YouthCulturalCenterCostshareforsubgrantagreementforWRCtraininginBitola

    Bitola n/a YouthCulturalCenter42,480.00

    TOTALASOFAPRIL2012 1,016,314.50

    $22,093.79