7 January 2011
Expert consultants from WYG are supporting Turkey to ensure efficient provision of formal and non-formal education and training is put in place in line with the labour market needs in the country.
WYG is providing programme management and policy advice to the Vocational Qualifications Authority (VQA) to help strengthen the organisation and improve the National Qualifications System (NQS). In turn helping to reduce the chronic unemployment problem that has become an increasingly more common topic of discussion due to the global financial crisis.
To tackle the imminent threat of rising unemployment the VQA, which is a regulating body that plays a key role in the creation & operation of national vocational qualification systems, has introduced a National Qualifications System that is in line with the requirements of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
Irmak Tosun, Project Director, WYG said: “Many of the current certificates provided by public authorities are not accepted in the world of business. This leads to many unable to find employment because they don’t have the right skills and employers cannot find people with the right skills because they are not certified.
“Turkey has a young and dynamic population, which if properly educated under a regulated system with a competence based qualifications framework that meets the demands of the labour market, will gain the skills they need to gain employment.
“The project is to focus on priority commercial / industrial sectors, which have been identified as, automotive and related sub-sectors, tourism, constructions, transportation, energy, metal industry, plastic & chemical industry, information & communication technologies, printing & publishing, machine design & manufacturing, textile & ready wear and leather products,” she added.
Niels Haderup Kristensen, Team Leader of WYG said: “It is important that NQS provides the training required to combat the issues Turkey is having at present. With WYG’s help we aim to develop a system that offers occupational standards with an appropriate system for assessment, grading and certification at all levels in line with the European Qualifications Framework. Not only will this help with the employment in Turkey but can have a positive knock on effect nationally enabling global employers to find the skills they need.”
If the issue of unskilled workers is resolved this will remove a number of other related problems caused by professional inadequacy and the lack of skills required for proper job performance. This problem will be addressed by providing the training markets need.
Niels Haderup Kristensen continued: “The demands and needs of markets and the business world really matter in the resolution of the unemployment problem. If there are no jobs and the economy fails to create further employment, a person may become jobless even with spectacular qualifications. The current problem of unemployment caused by a lack of the necessary qualifications will ultimately be resolved.”
The project was awarded by Central Finance and Contracts Unit, a central unit that takes responsibility for EU funded programmes in Turkey and co-financed by the European Union and Republic of Turkey, it is expected to last over two years.