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PDCAE – Programme for Developing Competences for Autonomous Employment


The very first group of participants in the PDCAE programme has developped a catering project offering ‘simple cuisine for demanding gourmets’. They named themselves as Cat n’ ring and have so far been challenged by three very different types of clients and events. You can follow their activities on their Facebook page by clicking the link below.

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PDCAE is the intellectual output of PYTBUL, the strategic partnership between three organizations working in the Post-YU region. In Zavod Bob we have created a program curricula for a program of non-formal learning that provides the participants with the development of competencies, real social networks and project ideas for creating autonomous employments (independent of the labour market) and/or improve competitiveness of youth on the labour market itself.

According to the issues, addressed by PDCAE, an essential element of the program is the mentors’ and institutional support not only during devising, but also in the realisation of project ideas. Involvement with the PDCAE program allows participants to develop concrete project ideas which will offer long-term solution for their life situation.


The pilot implementation of PDCAE has been pursued as 4 content overlapping modules, evaluation and implementation of the results using participatory experiential learning methodology:

MODULE 1: personal development.

P1220915Through different methods of non-formal learning participants have tested and evaluated tools for identifying their values, strengths and sources of power, identified their own values, needs and desires, established individual roles in the group and designed a collective agreement.


MODULE 2: creating social networks, exploring resources and needs within the group of participants and the local community.

Pajkova mrežaParticipants attended a 1-week group building activity in away from their home towns, where they also planned and implemented a small project. After returning home they reflected upon the process and implemented the experience working in their local environment. They were working on the group values, generating project ideas and researching upon the environment where they can/will pursue them.

MODULE 3: project design/project planning and exploring the potentials of sustainable development.

We prepared a Call for Grants for projects, designed by participants of PDCAE program. Participants filled an application form that was leading them through all the important contents of project planning. For open questions and contents that needed further elaboration we met within the study circles and discussed it.project planning The comission assessed two projects and finally chose the catering project ‘Demonstrating Good Cooking’ for co-financing.


MODULE 4:  Realization of the project plan.

In the realization phase the project group connected to three different events and catered there: (1) an opening of an open air youth centre within the project Livada Lab, (2) NEXTival, a festival of youth production and (3) a structural dialogue meeting between the youth and decision makers Rastimo skupajnextival. They as well prepared the promotional materials and spread it among the visitors of the three events (such as the ‘plates in the photo).



In the ongoing evaluation we were monitoring the activities in the program and implement the proposed improvements. The first assessment of the program shows positive feedbacks, yet the final evaluation report will give us a more relevant insight of the process.

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