German-Turkish Partnership for Vocational Skills Development

Since January 2016 sequa is implementing the programme “German-Turkish Partnership for Vocational Skills Development (TAMEB)” that supports Turkey in alleviating the consequences of the refugee crisis.

TAMEB has concentrated its activities on the provinces of Istanbul, Ankara as well as Mersin, Hatay and Kilis. TAMEB wants to contribute mainly to improve livelihoods of refugees and vulnerable Turkish groups in Turkey by providing vocational skills qualification in addition to language and social integration courses.

Sequa cooperates closely with institutions of the German private sector with strong competences in the area of vocational education. Each German Partner organises in close cooperation with Turkish institutions vocational education measures tailored for the target group in various regions and in five sectors (construction, gastronomy, handicrafts, information technology and solar technologies).

These vocational education trainings are complemented by prior Turkish language and social integration courses. Furthermore, job coaches are set to support the programme participants to facilitate their integration into the labour market.


Dr. Vanesa Rodriguez Osuna (Bonn)

Project Director




Aynur Kuytu (Office Ankara)

Director of Management Team




The outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011 led to a massive influx of Syrian people into Turkey. Since then, around 3.6 million Syrian nationals were registered “under temporary protection” in Turkey. Syrian refugees who seek protection are spread over the country and live especially in the provinces bordering Syria. The large number and long stay of these Syrian population poses a challenge to the Turkish state and particularly the communities that host them. Most Syrians under temporary protection lack prospects of how to access the labour market and contribute as well as benefit with economic activities to sustain their lives and that of their families. Vocational trainings can improve their employment prospects in Turkey or in their home countries.

Public funding

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

1st Project phase (01.01.2016 - 30.04.2019)

Project budget: 17.5 million EUR

2nd Project phase (01.05.2019 - 31.08.2022)

Project budget: 13.5 million EUR


Goal and Results

TAMEB contributes to improving the economic and social prospects of host communities in Turkey that are affected by the high inflow of refugees from Syria. This programme´s goal is that refugees and their host communities in Turkey benefit from improved socio-cultural and vocational skills that result in increased income and employment for these target groups.


Results from the 1st project phase

  • Around 4,112 Syrian citizens gained a certification in Turkish language of level A2.
  • 1,439 Syrians under temporary protection were given social integration courses.
  • 2,289 persons successfully participated in vocational skills training obtaining a certification. The proportion of Syrian citizens benefiting from these measures is 64%.
  • Vocational skills trainings are provided conform to national requirements and improved German know-how.
  • 295 women participated in trainings related to handicrafts such as recycling workshop, weaving, file bag, sewing. Additionally, 394 women benefited from related workshops such as leadership trainings, basic entrepreneurial skills, preparation for trade fairs and communication strategies.
  • 91 Trainers from the Turkish Partner institutions were trained by the German partners of TAMEB.
  • After graduation of vocational skills training at least 624 participants were integrated into the labour market by getting a job, an internship or with entrepreneurial activities. 550 participants obtained a formal job.

Target group

Young refugees

Turkish disadvantaged persons

TAMEB programme is open to both Syrian refugees and vulnerable Turkish citizens to create benefits for the host communities in Turkey and to foster the integration of Syrians in the local society.

The goal is to provide Syrian refugees and vulnerable Turkish groups with vocational and entrepreneurial skills and a certification that helps them to find a job or pursue economic activities to support their families.


sequa collaborates closely with German business membership organisations. Each partner provides vocational education trainings for the target groups in close cooperation with various Turkish or Syrian institutions. Since the project activities comply with the standards of the Turkish Ministry for National Education (MoNE) and the National Vocational Qualification Institution (MYK), official recognition is guaranteed.



Strategic Partner

  • AFAD (Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority)

German Partners

  • Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie NRW
  • Bildungswerk der Baden- Württembergischen Wirtschaft e.V.
  • Bildungswerk der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e. V.
  • Bundesverband Berufsbildung International e.V.
  • Global Project Partners e.V.

Local Partners

  • Anadolou Kültür, Sanat, Kalkinma ve Yardimlasma Dernegi
  • Antakya Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Bilkent University
  • Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (KEDV)
  • Harmoni Kadin Cooperative
  • Ilk Adim Cooperative
  • Istanbul Chamber of Artists and Artisans in Woodworking Carving, Plastering, Painting and Construction
  • Kilis Municipality
  • Kilis Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • LUNA Education
  • Marmara University
  • Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Mersin-Tarsus Organized Industry Zone Users Association (MORKSUD)
  • Mülteciler Association at Sultanbeyli Municipality
  • Small Projects Istanbul
  • STDL Global Association
  • Syrian Friendship Association (SFA)
  • Foreign Language Research and Application Centre (TÖMER)

Project activities

Hatay - Vocational Qualification Gastronomy

Ankara - Qualification in Construction Sector

Kilis - Qualification in Handicrafts and Textiles

Istanbul - Vocational Qualification Welding

Kilis - Entrepreneurship Training