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Youth jobs in demand
The University of Debrecen takes part in EU-funded project whose aim is to examine youth chances to find employment in the region.
“Rural youthjobs HURO/1001/081/2.3.2/01” project, realized together by UD Institute of Political Sciences and Sociology, the University of Oradea (Romania), and Partium Christian University (Romania), aims to examine the employment chances and labour market situation of youth aged 16-35 in the frontier zone between Hungary and Romania. After initial data collection and analysis, researchers plan to launch a series of events which is expected to increase local youths’ chances to find employment in the region.
Data collection started in March and involved 500 Hungarian and Romanian youths. Education, aims, family background, social status, former and current employment were all factors to be considered by researchers. The next step will involve trainings for unemployed youths. It is hoped that their employment chances will be better after the trainings.
Another objective of the project is to have a clearer picture of employers’ expectations towards prospective employees, and the skills and qualifications they value the most.
‘If only a part of these young people will be able to find a job thanks to the project, it will have been worth it’ Tibor Valuch, director of the Institute of Political Sciences and Sociology, said.
The project has been subsidized by the European Union with a budget of EUR 190.000 within the framework of the Hungary-Romania cross-border cooperation programme.