The Youth Employability Skills (YES) Network is a five-year project implemented by the Education Development Center (EDC), a US non-profit organization, and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The goal of the YES Network project is to enhance the employability skills of young people in Macedonia aged between 15 and 27.

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The project targets secondary school students, both Vocational Education and Training (VET) schools and gymnasiums, unemployed youth registered with the government Employment Service Agency (ESA), and out-of-school, unemployed and unregistered youth. The project works directly with secondary school teachers, staff of ESA Centers and members of NGOs with youth serving missions.

YES Network objectives

  1. Facilitate Public-Private Dialogue that will improve demand-supply labor exchange at the local level
  2. Develop venues for meeting immediate skill/training needs of the labor market and identify career development opportunities
  3. Strengthen the job services capacity of ESA and private job matching companies to ensure trained youth have access to up-to-date information on job openings and career development opportunities.
  4. Provide continuing professional development opportunities for teachers in Secondary schools.
  5. Create innovative mechanisms to make Secondary schools and the VET Center more responsive and relevant.
  6. Integrate productive connections with current and planned USAID and other donor workforce related activities.