Operational Programme for Human Resources Development (2007-2013)

1. Purpose and aim of the programme

The overall strategic objective of IPA Human Resource Development Component is to foster the development of human resources, in particular by improving the quantity and quality of human capital, leading to more and better jobs, higher growth and development and the increased national competitiveness at international level.

OP – HRD objective was established on the basis of the socio – economic analysis in the field of the human resources development and includes a strategy defining the priorities and objectives as well as a description of the priorities and measures. It aims at addressing the following identified weaknesses:

  • Low employment and high unemployment especially long – term unemployment;
  • Rise of unemployment among disadvantaged groups in the labour market (ethnic communities which are not majorities in the country (hereinafter „ethnic communities”), women, disabled, young people, older) and their exposure to social exclusion;
  • Mismatch between the relevant educational profiles and the labour market needs and demands;
  • Early school leaving, unsatisfactory level of adult literacy;
  • Low level of funding for active employment policy.

2. Financial Information

Title: Multi – Annual Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007 – 2013, CCI No: 2007 MK 05 IPO 001
Commission Decision approval: C (2007)6027 of 07 December 2007
Financing Agreement concerning the Multi – annual Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” for Community Assistance from the Instrument for Pre – Accession Assistance under the Human Resources Development Component entered into force on 26 November 2009

3. Operating Structure and Contracting Authority

3.1 The Operating Structure for the Multi – Annual Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007 – 2013 according to the Commission Decision C(2009)7692 of 16 October 2009 conferring management powers to the Republic of Macedonia concerning the management of the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development”, encompasses:

  • the IPA Structure in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy – (MLSP);
  • the IPA Structure in the Ministry of Education and Science – (MES);
  • the Ministry of Finance – Central Financing and Contracting Department – (CFCD).

3.2 Contracting Authority, according to the Financing Agreement concerning the Multi – annual Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” for Community Assistance from the Instrument for Pre – Accession Assistance under the Human Resources Development Component in the Republic of Macedonia is:

Ministry of Finance
Central Financing and Contracting Department – (CFCD)
str. „Dame Gruev” No. 14
Skopje 1000
Republic of Macedonia

4. Operations to be implemented under the Multi – annual Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007 – 2013

Information presented in the table

Priority Axis 1: Employment – Attracting and Retaining more People in Employment

Aim:

Increasing employment, reducing unemployment and retaining more people in employment through modernisation and improvement of the services provided by the Employment Service Agency as well as through development and implementation of new and improved active policies and measures as defined in the National Employment Strategy and National Action Plan for Employment (NAPE).

Specific Objectives:

  • Further strengthening of the capacities of the Employment Service Agency which should contribute towards efficient implementation of the NAPE;
  • Implementation of active employment measures to facilitate the integration in the labour market of unemployed persons, specifically the following groups: young, women and long-term unemployed;
  • Activities and measures to support the transfer from the informal into formal employment.

Priority Axis 2: Education and Training – Investing in Human Capital through better Education and Skills

Aim:

To modernise the educational and training system with a view of improving its adaptability to the labour market demands and promoting life long learning. In addition, the priority will ensure equal access to quality education for all irrespective of ethnic origin.

Specific Objectives:

To support the modernisation of the educational and training system by implementing reforms in this area, in particular with a view of enhancing quality and a better match between education and labour market needs in addition to ensuring quality education for all ethnic communities. More specifically this includes:

  • Linking VET schools with business partners and modernise the two and three years vocational education.
  • Support the integration of ethnic communities in the educational system, e.g. the Roma population and Albanians.
  • To create a national coordinative body for adult education activities and pilot the development of programmes for adult education, literacy and fulfilment of elementary education for excluded.

Priority Axis 3: Social Inclusion – Promoting an Inclusive Labour Market

Aim:

Fostering social inclusion to favour integration in the labour market of disadvantaged people, inter alia by training professionals and volunteers involved in social inclusion, enhancing linkages among all partners and strengthening of the capacity of civil society to provide (quality) social assistance.

Specific Objectives:

  • To improve the efficiency and quality of social services in respect of provision of access to the services and facilitate integration in the labour market of vulnerable groups by training professionals and volunteers who work in the field of social inclusion;
  • To facilitate integration of people at disadvantage, including members from different ethnic communities, in employment through strengthening their employment potentials or through subsidised employment;
  • To provide appropriate (hands – on) training to the experts working with vulnerable groups, on central and local level;
  • To enhance active participation of the civil society, including non-governmental organisations and social partners in the implementation of social inclusion policies; and
  • To develop the capacity of the civil society to be a part of the decision-making process, as well as its capacity to contribute effectively in networking and project management skills.

Priority Axis 4: Technical Assistance

Aim:

To achieve efficient implementation, monitoring, evaluation, administration and information of the Operational Programme also with a view of the future management of the European Structural Fund (ESF).

Specific Objectives:

  • To provide Technical Assistance to the Operating Structure of OPHRD within the areas of preparatory, management, monitoring, evaluation, information and control activities for implementation of the Operational Programme.