The launch of “Youth Empowered 2019”, an initiative of Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia, took place in Yerevan on April 29. This three-year program started in 2018 in the frame of a memorandum of understanding signed between RA Ministry of Education and Science and Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia, aims at reducing unemployment among youth, through the organization of free life and business skills trainings.
This year the program was launched with an open lesson, featuring more than 200 participants. Special guests included Deputy Minister of RA Ministry of Education and Science Arevik Anapiosyan, Deputy Ministers of RA Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Gemafin Gasparyan and Arman Udumyan, partners and mentors of the program. The results of “Youth empowered 2018”, success stories of last year’s participants and mentors, key issues in the Armenian labor market and its development tendencies, available educational programs, specializations in demand, soft and interpersonal skills most valued by the employers were as well presented and discussed during the event.
“We have been implementing “Youth Empowered” program for over a year now and we have greatly appreciated the active participation both by the participants and the mentors, as well as the big enthusiasm with which the program was welcomed by the public. Being a large employer, we have quite a thorough understanding of personal and professional skills necessary to find a job. ”Youth empowered” program was initiated by Coca-Cola Hellenic taking into account the experience of companies operating in different fields and markets. We believe that the set of skills acquired in the frame of this program supports young people in finding a job and fulfilling their professional potential and are very happy to summarize the first positive results of this initiative”, said Christoph Speck, General Manager of Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia.
In 2018, more than 2100 young adults, living in Yerevan and the regions, participated in “Youth Empowered” program, acquiring skills of self-development and self-assessment, time management, project management, communication, negotiation and sales, business planning as well as financial literacy. This year, another 2500 participants will have the chance to join the program, while the overall target is to reach 8000 by 2020.
Registration, coordination of training sessions, as well as all the organizational needs of “Youth Empowered” are carried out by Management Mix, an international business consulting company based in Armenia, Lebanon, and Cyprus, operating in 25 countries worldwide.
“Being an international business consulting and training company, we value the continuous development of young people’s skills and are glad to implement this program together with Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia, fueling local labor market with 2500 competent talents in just one year. This program is particularly relevant as it includes among others young inhabitants of the near border communities. Together with Coca-Cola Hellenic Armenia we believe in the efficiency of such CSR projects that contribute to the development of the environment we work and live in” noted Raffy Semerdjian, the Founder of Management Mix.
Registration for “Life skills” and “Business skills” free trainings is open for participants and mentors likewise. All willing can join by filling in https://goo.gl/QiR7Yd and https://goo.gl/JwFChZ online forms.
In the frame of the “Life skills” module of “Youth Empowered” program, participants with the help of experienced mentors acquire self-development and self-assessment skills, including online and offline networking, receiving and giving feedback, writing a cover letter and a CV, etc. Participants of the “Business skills” module enrich their skills with time management, project management, communication, negotiation and sales, business planning as well as financial literacy.