Again this year, for the fifth time in a row, twenty students in their final years of graduate or master studies and their mentors in the AmChamps mentoring programme of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) visited leading companies in Serbia. This time, Ball Beverage Packaging Europe and Coca-Cola HBC Serbia opened their doors and enabled future young leaders to become acquainted with their business on the Serbian market.
The annual educational programme AMCHAMPS SERBIA – YOUNG LEADERS OF CHANGE was initiated by AmCham in 2014 with the idea of using the synergy of the academic and corporate sectors to help educate and develop young people – leaders who will lead the business community in Serbia in the period ahead.
This programme enables students and managers to gain new knowledge through work in mentoring pairs, developing business skills and competencies that will help them find their place in the labour market. During one year, the participants of the programme attend workshops and lectures where, in addition to advice, they get specific tasks and projects.
Following the visit to the Ball Beverage Packaging Europe can factory, which exports its products to more than 20 markets, Branislav Savić, Managing Director of the factory, talked with the future young leaders: “The AmChamps programme gives young talented people the opportunity to become leaders by cooperating with top professionals, which is a practice that we as a company have been developing throughout our 13 years of doing business in Serbia. “
At the Coca-Cola HBC Serbia factory, the students were welcomed by Aleksandar Ružević, the company’s general manager. He talked with them about his career as well as opportunities for professional development. “We are very excited to be able to welcome the fifth generation of AmChamps participants today at the premises of Coca-Cola HBC Serbia. We traditionally support this unique educational programme aimed at young leaders, not only as a member of the American Chamber of Commerce but also as a company that for many years has been making efforts to empower and motivate young people to create their own business identity and become competitive on the labour market. “
Two hundred young people – managers and students completed the AmChamps programme of professional development.