Read caption Cooking class. Photo: NRC

One step closer to work

Published 14. Feb 2017
TURKEY, Ankara: 1,000 Syrian refugees and local participants recently completed a four months vocational training implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) together with two local education institutes.

Through the national accredited programme, the students could choose one of 16 modules, such as cooking, sewing and computer training, in addition to take part in seminars about intercultural communication, work searching skills and labour and social rights. 

Read caption Welding class. Photo: NRC

The programme is funded by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) with the aim to strengthen the national capacities of the education system and give Syrian refugees and their host communities a chance to acquire new skills and better work opportunities.

The students also received conditional cash grants from NRC during the project, to help them meet their basic needs.

Read caption Computer training. Photo: NRC

In January 2017, the graduates earned a certificate authorized by Turkey’s Ministry of National Education. Representative from GIZ and various local authorities including Ministry of National Education, AFAD, Ministry of Labor, ISKUR and local NGOs were present at the graduation and joined our more 1,000 students in celebrating their success. 

Read caption Child care training. Photo: NRC
  • The course lastet four months from mid-October to mid-January.
  • The course has a total of 16 modules: pre-accounting, cook assistance, computer usage, computer maintanance and repair, barber, sewing, elderly care, welding, sales assistant, hair dressing, translation, childcare, administrative assistant, Judicial clerk, satellite system setting and furnace stocker.
  • 1,200 people were registered and 1,118 attended regularly and were eligible for receiving a certificate. 
  • Approximately 800 Syrian, 230 non-Syrian refugees and 100 host community members were registered.
  • 57 per cent of the participants were women.
  • The courses were held in five training centers in two different districts.