Unemployed due to COVID-19 youth complete UNDP paid internship
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provided employment opportunities for young people at risk as part of its first-line support program to the Kazakh government in mitigating the socio-economic consequences of the spread of the novel coronavirus. Thus, young people who lost their jobs during quarantine underwent a three-month paid internship, which included training on the development of professional skills and mentoring support.
“Interns were sent to private, non-governmental and state organizations in the cities of Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Karagandy region. During the internship, the participants were given the opportunity to try out a new profession and to gain experience while receiving a monthly stipend of 60,000 tenge (US$141). During three months, the employers watched the trainees and offered employment contracts to the best of them upon completion of the internship,” the statement says.
The project involved 25 mentors specially trained to work with youth. They conducted regular group and individual meetings with interns, as well as training on the skills of goal-setting, self-organization, teamwork and the basics of time management. The topics on compliance with protective measures and efficient remote work have also become relevant due to the spread of coronavirus infection.
“This UNDP initiative is designed to contribute to the expansion of economic opportunities and the development of professional skills of young people at risk in the context of economic downturn and general uncertainty in the labor market,” said UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan Yakup Beris.