Prague, Nov 12 (CTK) – The Czech Fund of Further Education has launched a project to help students in the last secondary school and university grades acquire skills they need to enter the labour market, and another one to facilitate people’s return to work after a long pause, the fund’s spokeswoman has told CTK.
Both projects are financed from the state budget and co-financed by the EU.
The Cesta pro mlade (Path for the young) project consists of a series of courses for a total of 4,500 people, which will run through March 2020, their costs being projected at 267 million crowns.
In the courses, students will improve their skills such as communication in a team, work with information and tackling stress situations.
They will also visit concrete companies to acquaint themselves with the work processes and conditions.
Finally, a personnel officer will help them prepare for a job interview and complete their CV.
The fund’s director Miroslav Prochazka said the courses will markedly increase the participants’ chance of gaining their first job.
“Up to 90 percent of companies prefer employing school leavers with a certain work experience,” Prochazka said.
The other project, Vzdelavani praxi (Education through practice) is aimed at mothers and fathers returning to work after a parental leave, or the people who face disadvantage at the labour market due to their higher age or low qualification.
The fund’s regional offices will provide individual consultations to these people, who will also get an opportunity to check or improve their working skills directly in companies.
The project worth 155 million crowns will run through the end of February 2019. About 2,000 people are expected to take part in it.