Over 1000 Syrians and Turkish citizens complete the most comprehensive vocational training programme in Şanlıurfa

May 26, 2017

Şanlıurfa- Vocational training certification ceremony, which acknowledges the success of Syrians and host community members in completing their courses on the sectors of service, industry and agriculture, was organized by UNDP and GAP Regional Development Administration (GAP RDA) on 26 May, in Şanlıurfa. Vocational training programme is carried out in the scope of “Employment and Livelihoods Opportunities” component of the “Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia Project”, implemented by UNDP and GAP RDA and funded by the Government of Japan.

Certification ceremony was held with the participation of Mr. Fatih Hasdemir, Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of Development, Mr. Güngör Azim Tuna, Governor of Şanlıurfa, Mr. Abdülkadir Açar, General Secretary of Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Mr. Sadrettin Karahocagil, President of GAP RDA, Prof. Ramazan Taşaltın, Rector of Harran University, Ms Irena Vojackova Sollorano, the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey and Mr. Koichiro Nakamura, Minister at Embassy of Japan in Ankara. Within the project, 822 Syrians and 228 Turkish citizens have completed vocational trainings on 37 different occupations such as accounting/data processing, electrical plumbing, installing solar energy systems, food product processing, fruit and vegetable growing. Moreover, coupled with vocational training courses, 750 Syrians completed basic life trainings and 750 Syrians attended in Turkish language courses.  

In her speech at the ceremony, Ms Irena Vojackova Sollorano, said:

Within our project, Syrians are equipped with not only technical but also practical and basic life skills as well as an understanding of Turkish society with language courses. Yet vocational and language trainings provided by this project strengthen social cohesion among Syrians and host communities.  UNDP will continue to work closely with the government, other UN agencies, local partners and humanitarian partners to deliver on building resilience for the people and communities most affected by the Syria crisis. We believe that social cohesion is never finished as well as solidarity with Turkey”.


75 courses for overall 1,375 Syrian and 375 Turkish citizens

To address better the needs of private sector, the identification of the vocational trainings was completed based on the outcomes of the stakeholders workshop organized in collaboration with HARÜSEM, TÖMER-Turkish Training Center, ŞESOB and GAPTAEM in 2016. Moreover, the employment opportunities and areas of vocational trainings were assessed based on the desk-review of available labour market information, regional development plans and UNDP’s labour absorption report as well.

The project is composed of two components that aim to contribute to strengthening the social stability in Southeast Anatolia region.

The “Employability and Livelihoods” component aims at contributing to the employability of different segments of Syrian population and host communities through provision of vocational training and competency development programmes that the local agricultural sector, manufacturing sector and the services sector are in need. Moreover, it addresses improving local value chains and local production ecosystems and infrastructures for diversified and enhanced livelihood opportunities

These vocational training and competency development activities were developed for the first time in Şanlıurfa with a multi-stakeholder approach on sectors of agriculture, industry and services and are complemented with Turkish language courses life skills trainings.

As a part of the project, the trainings will continue throughout the year. In total, 1,375 Syrian and 375 Turkish citizens will attend 75 vocational training courses on industry, services and agriculture. The project will also support the trainees in job seeking, advisory, matching and placement services in collaboration with specialized local and national institutions such as Turkish Employment Agency (İŞKUR) in line with national regulations.



Strengthening Social Stability in Southeast Anatolia Project”, funded by the Government of Japan, is implemented by UNDP and GAP Regional Development Administration, in Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa, Kilis and Hatay provinces. The overall project has the budget of $ 10,1 million USD in total and is expected to end up in March 2018. The other component of the project aims social infrastructure support to local authorities/municipalities, as well as to fill the gap, which is identified/communicated, in terms of strengthening the municipal capacities for public services and creating public areas/social zones. 


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