Hatay’s famous hand-made shoes will now fuse more hope

Feb 1, 2018

Thirty-nine Turkish and Syrian trainees were awarded certificates on 8 January who completed the 3-month shoe-upping course (cutting leather or textiles for shoes).

At the end of the training, 19 Syrians and 20 Turkish trainees were awarded the certificates endorsed by the Ministry of National Education, having acquired significant skills fulfilled a most important need for the regional industry. With 24 trainees being women, the training also contributes to increasing women participation in the labour force, another important need.

Aiming to employability of Syrians and host communities, the Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia Project aspires not only technical but also practical skills for Syrians and host communities through vocational training and competence development programmes.

The shoe-upping training also inspired the establishment of a centre which would support the shoe-making industry supported by the East Mediterranean Development Agency.

The certificate awarding ceremony for the vocational training for shoe-upping for the shoe-making industry was honoured by Ms. Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, United Nations Turkey Resident Coordinator and UNDP Turkey Representative, Mr. Claudio Tomasi, UNDP Turkey Director, and Mr. Hikmet Çinçin, President of Antioch Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia Project implemented in cooperation by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and GAP Development Administration and financed by the Japanese Government provided vocational training to more than 1,300 people in the region to date.

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