Social and Economic Cohesion through Vocational Education

General Information

Title of the action

Social and Economic Cohesion through Vocational Education

Priority sector

Socio-Economic Support

Implementing partner

Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)


Ministry of National Education (MoNE)

Duration (months)

43 (Starting date: 14/11/2017)

EU Contribution (EUR)

EUR 50,000,000 Contracted under FRIT-IPA funding.


Summary of the Action

Main objectives

The overall objective is to foster social and economic cohesion of Syrian refugees and Turkish host communities by improving their employability and qualifications.
The specific objective is to increase the access to inclusive quality vocational education and training (VET) for Syrians under Temporary Protection (SuTP) and Turkish adolescents in trades with a high demand on the labour market.


8 provinces with high concentration of refugees; Adana, Bursa, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Kilis, Mersin, Sanliurfa.

Target Groups

Syrian and Turkish adolescents (9th to 12th grade, 14-17 years)

Expected results

1. Equipment for workshops of VET Institutions are procured, installed and adequately used.
2. Access to vocational education of SuTP students is enabled by providing support packages (for transportation, educational and practising material and lunch).
3. Awareness of SuTP and Turkish adolescents about possibilities of VET is improved via communication and information activities.

Main activities

1. Identification of schools and implementation of needs assessment.
2. Promotion of the TVET among young Syrian and Turkish adolescents through provision of student support packages.
3. Awareness Raising Activities on the opportunities of TVET among Syrian and Turkish adolescents and parents as well as private companies and business unions


Progress of Action as of July 2018

State of progress