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Factsheet for measure CY-2020-45/1505 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 02 November 2020 – 31 March 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||30 November 2020 (updated 07 December 2020)|
The aim of the scheme is to provide the opportunity to registered unemployed persons to gain vocational training and work experience. At the same time, it provides the opportunity to public organisations, semi-public organisations, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and non-for-profit foundations to utilise the qualified human force. The scheme also aims:
The scheme is implemented by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus and it is based on the law provisions (Law 1999-2007, article 21) for the functioning of the Authority.
Eligible for participation are persons registered as unemployed in Public Employment Service registry during the application stage. The scheme covers the unemployed in all the degrees of education, from primary school graduate to university graduates. Priority is given to unemployed persons with two years’ experience in the hotel industry.
The organizations eligible to participate are:
Participation in the scheme does not imply employment of the unemployed in the organization and no remuneration is paid by the participant organization. The participant unemployed receives a weekly allowance of €125 from the Human Resource Developmental Authority for the four-month training period.
The available budget for the implementation of the scheme is €7 million. Currently, there is no estimation of the number of eligible beneficiaries and organizations participating in the scheme.
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Local / regional government
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The scheme and its related provisions, terms and eligibility criteria has been designed by the Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) in coordination with the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurances. Social partners have not been invited into a consultation process for the definition of the scheme.
Social partners are in favour of measures that support the unemployed persons through their participation in vocational educational targeting their skills and employability. They appear supportive to the initiative and no reactions or disagreements on the provisions of the scheme have been recorded to this moment.
Eurofound (2020), Special vocational educational scheme for the unemployed in public and broader public sector and NGOs, measure CY-2020-45/1505 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CY-2020-45_1505.html
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