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Vocational training on apparel manufacture for Syrians in Turkey
Due to the success of the original intervention, the Japanese-funded project titled “Vocational training on apparel manufacture for Syrians in Turkey” aimed to improve the livelihoods and social security of Syrians, in particular the youth and women, by providing them with skills for (self) employment. In April 2017 new training centres in Kahramanmaraş and Gaziantep Islahiye I were established by UNIDO in consultation with MoNE, AFAD, IS-KUR, IHKIB and Akdeniz Mül-Der. So far, 929 refugees have graduated with MoNE certification in sewing machine operation, pattern making and on-the-job training. Together with the current round of 90 trainees, the project target to train 1,000 beneficiaries will be met by September 2018. Over 5,000 school uniforms have been produced for distribution to primary school students studying at the school in Kahramanmaras TAC. 340 of UNIDO’s graduates have had the chance to attend a seminar on work permits, business start-up and legal rights. All Kahramanmaraş graduates have been registered in IS-KUR’s employment pool. The 12 garments trainers appointed from MoNE Vocational Training Centres have received training in garment manufacturing by the UNIDO Garment Expert; additional training from other specialists included workplace health and safety, conflict resolution and First Aid.