The Bridge to Business Programme supports the access of young Roma (18 to 35 years old) with at least secondary level education to good job in their field of education in the private sector. The programme also provides mentoring for Roma in their last two years of secondary education in selected high schools to support their successful passing of matriculation exams and to create opportunity for their access to higher education to jobs corresponding to their qualifications and preferences.
The Programme works closely with members of the private business sector that are interested in hiring qualified young people from the ethnic minorities.
This assessment looks at the effects of the Bridge to Business Programme on the programme participants. The programme is implemented simultaneously in Bulgaria and Hungary, but both the criteria for admission into the programme and the services provided by the programme differ substantially. This analysis examines only the part of BtB implemented in Bulgaria.