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Improving the employment prospects for the Syrian refugees and host communities by high-quality VET and apprenticeship in Turkey (VET4JOB)


General Information

Title of the action

Improving the employment prospects for the Syrian refugees and host communities by high-quality VET and apprenticeship in Turkey (VET4JOB)

Priority areas

Socio-Economic, Livelihoods

Focus priority area


Implementing Partner (contract signatory)

Expertise France (EF)

Action Implementing Partner(s)

Ministry of National Education - DG TVET

Duration (months)

48 (Starting date: 01/01/2020)

EU Contribution (EUR)

EUR 30.000.000 Contracted under FRIT2 - IPA funding.


Summary of the Action

Overall objective

To improve sustainable livelihoods and employment prospects for the refugees and host communities, by supporting their skills development through apprenticeship and VET in line with labour market needs and the promotion of entrepreneurship.

Specific objective(s)

Specific Objectives are:

1. To develop and certify relevant skills among refugees and host communities through apprenticeship and VET.

2. To strengthen the social dialogue and the steering capacities of the national TVET system.

3. To strengthen entrepreneurship and labour market insertion."


Pilot provinces will be selected from the following: Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Kilis, Kocaeli, Konya, Mardin, Mersin, Osmaniye, Sanliurfa, Yozgat

Target groups

Syrian and Turkish apprentices/youth / (14-17), Syrian and Turkish Adults ( 18-45 yo)

Expected results

1. Relevant skills are developed and certified among refugees and host communities

2. The awareness of the general population and private sector is raised about child labour eradication and apprenticeship opportunities and the capacity of national bodies to fight against child labour and to deliver quality training is improved.

3. The social cohesion between refugees and host communities is strengthened and their capacities to penetrate labour market are improved

Main activities

1. The priority provinces are identified, and an operational outreach strategy is confirmed

2. Economic field and VTC/ADUVET to support are identified, the baselines are completed, and the implementation rules of the project are endorsed

3. Adults and candidate apprentices identified through existing channels and specific outreach activities

4. Improved capacities of selected workplace trainers and staff

5. Improved capacities of selected VTCs and ADUVETs staff

6. Improved training circumstances of selected VTCs and ADUVETs

7. Improved workplace practical training environments of apprenticeship in the selected provinces

8. Prepared and supported candidates for access to apprenticeship and non-formal training

9. Operational capacity of the Turkish apprenticeship system strengthened to better integrate Syrian refugees and former child and youth labourers.”

10. Raised awareness about the negative social and economic consequences of child labour, the benefits brought by apprenticeship training and its contribution to combat child labour.

11. Improved social cohesion in training (VTCs and ADUVET Centres) and working environment (companies) for both youth and adults

12. Improved capacities to access to labour market via post-training services in selected provinces


Progress of Action as of 31 March 2020

State of progress


Progress against Facility Results Framework



¹ The data in this Factsheet is sourced from the SUMAF Data Management System. SUMAF is a Facility monitoring and evaluation services project managed by the European Union Delegation to Turkey.