As part of the NATO-Ukraine military retraining program through the ZOOM platform, an online opening ceremony was held for 10 professional training courses for 274 servicemen in the areas of training: Management, English, Marketing of Goods and Services, Business Security Management, Communication and Information Technology, Transportation management and logistics.

Oleksandra Ogorodnikova, Head of the NATO-Ukraine Military Retraining Program started the opening ceremony of the regional professional training courses for servicemen.

Congratulations were made by:

Mr. Oleksiy Henchev Acting Director of the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Mr. Oleksiy Illyashenko, Deputy Minister for Veterans Affairs for European Integration, Ministry for Veterans Affairs

Prof. Mykola Skyba, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Rector of Khmelnytskyi National University

Reserve Colonel Sergey Vasylenko, Director of the Department of Labor and Social Protection, Mykolayiv City Council

Reserve Colonel Yuriy Kravchenko, Head of the Sector for Civil Defense, Mobilization and Defense Work, Executive Committee of the Ship District Council of Kherson

Under the NATO Program, professional soldiers scheduled to retire within one year of the start of the course and professional servicemen who served for 3 years before the start of the course, may receive training. Since 2015, in response to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, NATO’s Social Adaptation Program has expanded its admission criteria to include professional servicemen who have left the Armed Forces in the last 10 years from the start date of the course, become members of the ATO / OOS and are scheduled to release during the year from the start date of the course.

Since 2000, NATO has been supporting Ukraine in the implementation of the Social Adaptation and Retraining Program for ex-servicemen and those who are about to leave the military service and look for employment opportunities  in the civilian sphere.

During these years the courses were held in more than 65 cities and towns throughout Ukraine. Nowadays, 12,000 ex-servicemen have been trained under the NATO Retraining Program.

In addition to retraining for civilian specialties of people discharged from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the purpose of the Program is also to provide assistance in their career guidance and job search. Over the past 20 years of its cooperation, the program has helped 75% of the graduates to successfully reintegrate and find employment in the civilian labor market.

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