As part of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) response to Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey, ILO Office for Turkey actively helps to improve the employability of Syrian refugees and host communities through skills development, vocational and technical training based on fundamental labour principles and rights at work; support the enabling environment for the creation of decent work opportunities; and address informal employment, unacceptable forms of work and child labour.
ILO has been delivering vocational training geared to the needs of labour market and Turkish language courses in Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep and Kilis since March, 2016 in cooperation with District Governorate of Harran, South-eastern Anatolia Project Regional Development Administration (GAP RDA), Yunus Emre Institute, Şanlıurfa and Gaziantep Chambers of Artisans and Craftsmen.
Currently 300 Syrians attended Turkish language courses while 170 Syrians and 90 host community members completed vocational and technical training in the fields of welding, CNC programming, plastic-pipe installation, auto-tire repair, hairdressing and traditional home-made food cooking. Training are taking place in Harran, GAP Regional Development Administration Multi-purpose Community Centers (ÇATOM), vocational training centers in Şanlıurfa Evren and Gaziantep Küsget Industrial Zones.
Additional vocational training programmes will be launched in July, 2016 in the fields of patient admission services, air-conditioning pipe installation, computer-aided Autocad drawing in woodworking and electro-pneumatic in Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep and Kilis.
All training are being carried out based on the modular programmes of the Ministry of National Education (MoNE), General Directorate for Lifelong Learning. All trainees receive certificates approved by Turkish Ministry of National Education.