ACTIVE POLICIES OF THE LABOUR MARKET
3. Grouping of the initiatives implemented in 2013 by active policy objectives
According to the objectives of the active labour market policy, the programmes and
promotion measures funded by the state budget, and the HRD OP schemes funded
by the European Social Fund
may be grouped into several areas:
3.1. For upgrading the knowledge and skills of the employed and unemployed
In 2013 a priority for the labour market policy was the training of both unemployed and
employed. This priority was implemented with a great success. Investments in training
contributed for improving the match of supply and demand on the labour market. In 2013
activities for gaining skills, vocational qualifications and key competences were carried out
mainly within the framework of HRD OP.
3.1.1. Training of unemployed
Over the year 2013 in training were included 30 737 unemployed
(including in training
under the HRD OP schemes – 23 885 individuals, in training under programmes funded by
state budget – 6610 individuals, in training referred to in Art. 63 of the EPA – 242
The largest number of unemployed (15 722) were included in training in key competences
under the “Support for Employment” scheme. The training provided was required for helping
the representatives of the vulnerable groups adapt to the working conditions, for improving
their self-confidence and regaining their work habits.
The “Qualification Services and Employment Promotion” scheme was implemented with the
aim of enhancing the employability of the unemployed through training for acquiring or
upgrading vocational qualification. Successful training participants were placed in internship
with employer for a period of 3 months.
In 2013 with state budget funds a number of programmes and projects3
, were also
implemented, providing training to the unemployed, in which a total of 6610 people took
The National Employment Agency provided also vocational qualification training for adults,
in line with the labour market needs and compliant with the provisions of art. 63, item 1 of
3 “Beautiful Bulgaria” programme, “A Professional” project, “Enhancing the Employability of Unemployed through Improved Vocational and Key Competence” project, “A Chance for Work 2013” project, “A Chance for Success” project, other programmes that were implemented in partnership with the LODs.