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Ukraine launches ‘Ticket to Work’ project to employ IDPs

The Ticket to Work project, which designed to help Ukrainian internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Crimea and eastern Ukraine acquire new profession skills, has been launched in Ukraine
Ukraine launches ‘Ticket to Work’ project to employ IDPs

In addition to providing social adaptation and psychological assistance, the Ticket to Work Project will help IDPs find jobs or launch a private business, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

“We have gathered a strong team, which will identify problems of a particular individual. The project will offer solutions, provide necessary knowledge and skills. Our goal is to give people a fishing rod instead of a fish,” one of the founders of the project Volodymyr Bulba said at a press conference on Thursday.

The Project is comprised of three stages and will run in four Ukrainian cities: Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, and Sloviansk. It is expected to assist at least 1,000 people. All interested can enroll from April 1 by calling the free hotline 0-800-50-44-10, or on the Internet-portal pereselenez.com.ua.

A number of social centers will provide IDPs with help and consultations, including job vacancy announcements. It is planned to open additional centers throughout Ukraine.

A pilot version of the Project was launched in Kyiv in September-December 2015, Ticket to Work Project Manager Yulia Hrytsayenko noted.

“Upon completion, 95% of participants said their emotional state improved, as well as their self confidence. Some 40% of participants found a job, and 30% completed training courses,” she said.

Ukraine’s Youth and Sports Ministry and State Employment Service are partners of the Project.