After Sarajevo and Banja Luka, workshops will be held in eight more cities

Banja Luka, 2 April 2018 –Implementation of the Coca‑Cola Youth Empowered Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina continued today in Banja Luka. More than 50 young people from the Banja Luka region had the opportunity to further their skills and knowledge through a three-day training programme. Coca‑Cola Youth Empowered in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a unique programme designed and implemented by Coca‑Cola HBC B-H Sarajevo. This year, 500 young people in 10 cities in BiH will get the opportunity to acquire their life and business skills. Following Sarajevo, the youth from Banja Luka, starting today, have the opportunity to learn about personal development, self-assessment, communication, time management, sales skills, negotiation skills, project management and implementation, strategic and business planning, and financial literacy.  

On behalf of Coca‑Cola HBC B-H Sarajevo, the participants were welcomed by Saša Kukolj, the Coca‑Cola HBC B-H Sales Manager for the Banja Luka region. He emphasized that based on the feedback received from last year’s programme, the new participants could expect a set of interesting and educational training sessions, highly useful career-wise. ²The programme has been designed to help young people at the beginning of their careers, to motivate them to succeed and to help them clearly define their business and life goals. (Just) by being here today, with the desire to learn something new and how to recognize and utilise future opportunities, they have already made the most important step², said Mr. Kukolj.

The Coca‑Cola Youth Empowered programme in BiH is intended for young people who are 18 to 30 years of age, who have completed their formal education and are unemployed. Under the motto Discover, Develop,Succeed fifty participants from the Sarajevo region have already successfully completed the three-day training. Following Banja Luka, the programme will next be implemented in Mostar Through lectures and interactive workshops, the participants will have the opportunity to acquire and advance their personal and business skills, which will make them more competitive on the labour market.

Coca Cola’s strategic commitment to youth empowerment resulted in last year’s launch of the Coca‑Cola Youth Empowered project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose aim is to contribute to resolving one of the most important issues facing the BiH society. Last year, 200 young people took part in the programme.

The aim of the lectures and workshops, led by certified trainers, is to provide participants with the opportunity to lean and acquire skills that are otherwise acquired through practical work. Among other things, the participants will be able to learn how to how to stand out from the competition on the labuor market and thus create employment opportunities for themselves and further develop their careers.

The programme is implemented under the auspices of and with the support of the following: the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of FBiH, the Federal Bureau of Employment, the Employment Bureau of Republika Srpska, the Employment Bureau of the Sarajevo Canton, the Employment Bureau of the Zenica-Doboj Canton, the University of Sarajevo, the University  of Banja Luka, the City of Banja Luka, the City of Tuzla, the City of Mostar, the AmCham – American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and partner organizations: the Youth Council of FBiH, the Youth Council Mostar, AIESEC in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Mostar, the Entrepreneurship Centre Networks, the Social-Educational Centre – SEC, the Cultural Centre Mostar, Munja – Social Innovations Incubator,  the web portal Hocu.ba, CERK, the Youth Resource Centre Tuzla, BEST Mostar, UG Multi, the organization ‘’Osmijeh za osmijeh’’, the Youth Club ‘’Pod istim suncem Jablanica’’, Životni atelje, the Union of Students from Bihać, Proni and PRIME Communications Agency.

For more information and how to apply to participate in workshops in other cities, please visit the web page www.coca-colinapodrskamladima.ba.