6 July 2011
WYG has been awarded two contracts in Turkey which will help improve the quality of public employment services and increase women’s employment.
The projects were awarded by the government’s Central Finance and Contract Unit (CFCU), which takes responsibility for European Union (EU) funded programmes in Turkey. Both projects are co-financed by the EU and the government of Turkey and are located in the Turkish Employment Organisation (ISKUR).
The first project aims to support ISKUR, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, provincial employment vocational training boards and social partners in order to strengthen their administrative capacity and improve the quality and efficiency of public employment services.
The second looks at improving the existing capacity to design, develop and implement policies to attract and retain more people, in particular the number of women, in employment.
Reg Parr, project director for both projects from WYG said: “The Public Employment Service in Turkey is a much newer organisation than most in Europe and although it has developed considerably in recent years it still needs assistance to cope with the rapidly changing demand of the labour market. The project is underway and our experts are looking to improve the labour market information system, improve job, career and vocation guidance services as well as establishing a monitoring mechanism of active labour market policies. It is anticipated to be completed in summer 2013.
“The second project aims to develop a local strategy for increasing the promotion of women's employment and developing a model; producing labour market analyses and identifying employment opportunities accessible to women's target groups, enhancing career information, vocational guidance and counselling services adapted to the different women's target groups, promoting networking between granted projects and women’s groups. The project is underway and anticipated to be completed in winter 2012.”
Other areas the award-winning consultancy will be looking into is ensuring better functioning of provincial employment and vocational training boards at local level, increasing awareness of ISKUR, Ministry of Labour and Social Security and social partners through delivery of training, consultancy services, exchange and internship programmes, study visits and communication campaigns.