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Nataša Stamenković, NIS HR Director, and Miroslav Vasin, Provincial Minister of Economy, Employment and Gender Equality signed the Agreement on NIS Opportunity 2013 Project Implementation today, regulating mutual rights and obligations regarding employment of university graduates with no prior work experience. The Agreement encompasses joint funding for employment of 80 university-degree candidates for a period of 12 months. NIS plans to allocate 50 per cent of the funds for the project, and the other fifty per cent will be funded by the Provincial Ministry of Economy, Employment and Gender Equality. After one year, the best interns will receive an opportunity to be permanently employed at the company. The project is in line with Vojvodina Employment Action Plan for 2013. NIS will employ interns from Vojvodina, who are listed in the National Employment Agency. A total of 300 high-school and university graduates are going to be employed via the NIS Opportunity 2013 project. In the first phase, NIS will employ graduates from Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Subotica and Pančevo. High-school graduates are going to be employed in Zrenjanin, Subotica, Kikinda, Turija and Trešnjevac. The second phase, planned for autumn, includes Belgrade, Mladenovac, Čačak, Kragujevac, Niš, Smederevo and Valjevo. NIS previously signed an agreement with the city of Zrenjanin regarding employment of 47 high-school and university candidates. Agreements are to be signed with other local authorities in Serbia. Additional information: In 2010 and 2011, NIS completed the First Opportunity programme, and in 2012 the programme was renamed into NIS Opportunity. More than 400 young people went through the programme. This year, around 300 young people will be employed in two phases, in spring and autumn. Last year, NIS received the Best Employer award from the Serbian Association of Managers, and 25 per cent of the student population considers the company as an ideal first job.