“Prilike” offers an insider’s view of the world
The next cycle of the programme will continue until 2026
PODGORICA, 18 October 2022 - There is more to working in a bank than what we see happening at the counter. It is a myth that the IT industry is the preserve of men. These are the insights that two adolescent girls, Ivona Djokmarkovic and Jelena Jovanovic, gained by participating in the UNICEF programme named “Prilike” (Opportunities).
Ivona applied for the programme following the recommendation of her peers, and Jelena wanted to try her hand at a new profession.
“I learned what working in a bank looks like, how many people and positions there are,” Ivona says. Jelena adds that she has good impressions of the programme: “I realized that women are actually welcome in the IT industry.”
The “Prilike” programme is implemented by three non-governmental organizations: the Association for Democratic Prosperity (ADP) – Zid, Digitalizuj.me and the Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro.
Milena Scepanovic, a programme assistant at ADP Zid, is satisfied that the internships took place in municipalities covering 95 per cent of the territory of Montenegro.
“Most adolescents came from the central region – 62.4 per cent, followed by the northern region – 29.4 per cent, and about 8.2 per cent from the southern region,” Scepanovic pointed out.
Most of the applications that ADP Zid received were in the field of marketing, followed by journalism, graphic design, fashion design, economics and law.
Bobana Radovic, a project manager at NGO Digitalizuj.me, points out that so far young people from as many as 17 municipalities have sent applications to her organization, and that internships are being carried out in 12 of them.
“The applicants were mostly interested in architecture and information technologies. Next on the list of the five most sought-after professions are economics, graphic design and law,” Radovic says.
Andjelija Savic, a project coordinator at the Association of Youth with Disabilities, says that most adolescents with developmental disabilities come from secondary vocational schools.
“The biggest success so far is that one training participant arranged to volunteer with an employer after completing the training,” Savic points out.
Ivana Boskovic, a UNICEF consultant, announced that the “Prilike” programme would continue until 2026.
“As regards the next cycle, additional efforts will be made to continue the good cooperation with schools and strengthen cooperation with local self-governments, in addition to the already good cooperation with the private sector,” Boskovic said.
She invited employers to apply and offer young people an opportunity to gain their first hands-on experience and get to know the world of work – from the inside.
The “Prilike” programme is financially supported by the TUI Care Foundation.