The projects started on January 2005.
eThe commencement of the projects under the “Active Labour Market Grant Scheme” was formally launched at a press conference in Ankara with the participation of Hansjörg Kretschmer, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Turkey and Murat Başesgioğlu, Minister of Labour and Social Security.
The European Commission, in collaboration with the Turkish Employment organisation (ISKUR) started a programme called the ‘Active Labour Market Strategy Programme’ in 2003 in response to the unemployment problem in Turkey. Within the framework of this programme, a grant scheme referred to as the ‘New Opportunities Programme’ has been developed to support active labour market measures to be implemented by non-governmental organisations, municipalities, universities, social partners and other related stakeholders.
Under the two calls of the grant scheme, some 32 million Euros have been allocated for active employment measures.
There are 245 projects funded under these call for proposals.
With the funds provided, the successful institutions will deliver extensive training and re-training to target groups to increase their skills.
The target groups are unemployed young people, women, long-term unemployed, people registered with ISKUR, migrants from rural areas, ex-convicts and all other unemployed persons.
Among activities under the projects to be funded are training on beekeeping, fishing, jewellery design, milk production, child care, information technologies, tourism, textiles, welding, viniculture, and shoemaking.
Some projects cover re-training on entrepreneurship, human resources management, marketing, health and safety at work, career development.
The project activities will lead to increasing the employability of the target groups, and will stimulate public-private initiatives. This will boost employment at the local level.
There will be locally devised responses to rising levels of unemployment.
The total budget of the scheme is 32 million Euros.
The grant scheme will be managed and monitored by ISKUR.