The Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Croatia has published an open call for mentors in civil society organizations to apply to our #NGOTrained apprenticeship program. This is the first part of a public call involving civil society organizations who will provide training to people without previous experience of work in the sector. The second part of the call, which will be published by the end of February 2020, will be addressed to apprentices –  those who want to be trained in civil society organizations. The call for mentors and the apprentices will be published in Bulgaria and Slovenia as well.

The mentors and CSOs will be able to use the Youth Initiative for Human Rights support for designing a mentoring program specialized for their organization – useful for preparing new people and first job seekers coming to work in CSOs on concrete positions.

The main goal of Apprenticeship is bipartite:

  • to endow future workers with formal and nonformal knowledge and skills specialized for working in CSOs
  • give an opportunity to first-time job seekers for gaining valuable and concrete knowledge and skills for the specific workplace in order to make them fully prepared for workload in CSOs

Civil society organisations will get the opportunity to provide young people work experience and give them the opportunity to get involved in some of the most relevant initiatives and programs that address social challenges in Europe today.

This innovative model has the potential to simultaneously address the challenges of high youth unemployment rate and low employment rates in the CSO sector, the challenge of a huge loss of human resources and missed opportunities for greater contribution to social transformation.

Apprenticeship for young apprentices will provide an opportunity for learning through imitation of the mentor and evaluation of work quality through practice.


What is included in the Apprenticeship program?

→ 80 hours duration of training for the apprentices

→ financial compensation for the mentors

The four main types of activities provided to apprentices are:



Do applicants apply for learning for a particular position or for work in CSO generally?

Applicants will have the opportunity to apply for training in order to gain knowledge and skills for a particular position in your respective organisation.

Possibilities for different specializations, depending on different types of training CSOs can offer are as it follows:

– Project management officer

– Administration officer/Office Manager

– Communication officer

– Advocacy officer/Specific thematic area expertise officer / Program coordinator

– Trainers/Education staff


What kind of responsibilities will a mentor have?

Organizations will have to appoint a mentor for the apprentice. The mentor should be a suitable colleague within the employing organisation. We define mentoring as the learning and development partnership between somebody who has the experience and somebody who wants to learn.

Responsibilities of the mentor include: attending a training and developing a apprenticeship program during a training, adapted to the needs and resources of the CSO as well as the needs of the apprentice, agreeing on the apprenticeship program with the apprentice, evaluation of the matching after the completion of the apprenticeship, sharing own experience and examples and support different ways of thinking by offering new perspectives as well as assisting the apprentice to develop self-reflective skills, and providing guidance on the process of coming to conclusions.

Please share the link to this call on your webpages and social media accounts so interested future apprentices may have information on how to become part of the CSO community. The original call in Croatian language is available here:



Deadline: February 28, 2020.


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