More than 23.000 tradesmen and craftsmen received job trainings, 8 training and consultancy centers established through EU funded ADAPTESK Project
Ankara – The closing ceremony of the EU-funded ADAPTESK Project (Increasing Adaptability of Tradesmen and Craftsmen) took place with participation of representatives of tradesmen and craftsmen coming from all around Turkey. TESK President Bendevi Palandöken, Minister of Customs and Trade Bülent Tüfenkci, Deputy Undersecretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Kürşad Arat and the EU Ambassador to Turkey H.E. Christian Berger have attended the press meeting organized on this occasion.
With the help of the project's €6.5 million funds, more than 23.000 tradesmen and craftsmen received on-the-job trainings in eight pilot provinces: Ankara, Bursa, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Manisa, Mersin, Ordu, Şanlıurfa. Eight Training and Consultancy Centers have been established in the pilot provinces.
The project has also developed the capacities of TESK (Confederation of Turkish Tradesmen and Craftsmen) and the unions of chambers of tradesmen and craftsmen at provincial level. More than 1500 managers and staff of these chambers attended trainings on various management and training related subjects. Study visits to good practice training centers in Germany, Italy and France have been conducted for managers of these Centers. The project helped develop a strategy for TESK, aiming to improve the quality and volume of training and consultancy services towards the tradesmen and craftsmen.
During the press meeting, the Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said: "Investment in human resources, developing people's skills and competencies, is a critical element of success in business. For that purpose I invite all tradesmen and craftsmen to make use of the training services offered by TESK in this project, including the online training portal. The EU is proud to closely co-operate with Turkey investing in people, with tradesmen and craftsmen as key partners ."
The ADAPTESK project facilitated trainings focused on general skills and knowledge in the fields of entrepreneurship, sales and marketing, communication, IT literacy, and problem solving. Sector-specific skills were developed through further trainings in textile, food and beverages, tourism and hospitality, health and beauty services, electrics, metal and machinery, and transportation sectors.
Through an E-Learning Portal established on the ADAPTESK web site ( www.adaptesk.org ), trainingmodules on 11 general and 5 sectoral topics are currently on offer and free of charge.
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