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Bosnia and Herzegovina

3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.5 Traineeships and apprenticeships

Last update: 20 February 2024

The RS Public Employment Institute has implemented the Program to support the employment of young people with a university degree in the status of trainees in 2022, which is financed from the RS Budget in the value of 2,052,000.00 KM

The Program aims to train young people from the unemployment register to take the internship exam and work independently in their profession. In accordance with the RS Labour Law, the internship lasts 12 months for persons with a university degree, so the Employment Service will finance the internship through this program in accordance with the above Law.

The Program includes funding for internships for 285 people with higher education.

Allocation per trainee with a university degree in this component amounts to 7,200.00 KM a year, and is based on the amount of a monthly net salary of 600.00 KM. The costs of taxes and contributions have been borne by the employers who hire trainees.

The BD Labour Law defines the admission of trainees for professional training for independent work. A trainee is a person who has completed secondary or higher education and looks for the first job, and who is required by law to pass a professional exam or needs work experience for independent work in his profession.

The employment contract with the trainee is concluded for a definite period, and for a maximum of one year. During the internship, the intern is entitled to at least 80% (eighty percent) of the salary determined for the job for which he is trained and other rights from the employment contract, in accordance with the law and general regulations.

The FBiH Labour Law defines the traineeship in the same way as the BD Labour Law, but the difference is that interns are entitled to at least 70% of the salary for the job.

The FBiH Labour Law also defines that if a professional exam or work experience determined by the law or work regulations is a condition for performing the tasks of a certain profession, the employer can accept a person who has completed education for such profession for professional training without concluding an employment contract.

The time of the professional training is counted in the internship and work experience determined as a condition for working in a certain profession and can last no longer than the length of the internship.