Career Development Centre launched in Rezina

10 Apr 2014

imageOfficial opening of the SYSLAB Center in Rezina. UNDP Moldova/Ion Axenti

The second SYSLAB Career Development Centre was launched today in the town of Rezina in Moldova which is going to train and help unemployed people, emigrants returned home and graduates of different educational institutions to get a job in the country.

A similar centre was opened in Chisinau in June 2013 where 105 persons received training and tailored consultations out of which 67 got employment in Moldova. A total of four career development centres will be created by the Government of Moldova with the support of the “Innovative Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Employment” project, implemented by UNDP with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

The Centres use the SYSLAB methodology developed by SYSLAB International AS from Norway, which combines team work, counselling and training, entrepreneurship, and a partnership network for employers and potential employees.

“SYSLAB Centres provide innovative approaches for sustainable employment and entrepreneurship”, said Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy, Valeriu Lazar. “The centre in Rezina helps us to create more opportunities for unemployed people in this region and thus prevent qualified labour force drain from Moldova”.

In 2013, the unemployment rate in Moldova was 5.1%, lower compared with the previous year (5.6%). Unemployment mainly affected men (60.2% out of the total number of unemployed), as well as persons residing in urban areas (58.3%). Rural areas are not offering more job opportunities, but because of migration and informal employment exhibit lower unemployment rate, i.e. 4.1% (2013). The task of the SYSLAB Centre in Rezina is to motivate, train and provide support to unemployed for both increased employability and improved entrepreneurship skills.

“It is rather difficult for a long-term unemployed person to get a job but not impossible. And we have proved this already in Chisinau. SYSLAB centres will promote the development of small and medium entrepreneurship in the country’s regions, including Rezina which is key to generating new jobs”, said representative of SYSLAB International AS, Per Erik Rasmussen.

“A decent job is one of the main concerns voiced by people who participated in the national consultations on the Future Moldova Wants. SYSLAB responds directly to that need promoting innovative entrepreneurship and creating new employment opportunities for people in Moldova”, said UNDP Resident Representative, Nicola Harrington-Buhay.

Contact Information

Dumitru Vasilescu, Project Manager, tel.: (373 22) 839 911, dumitru.vasilescu@undp.org.