German-Turkish Partnership for Vocational Skills Development

Since January 1, 2016 sequa and the German-Turkish Partnership for Vocational Skills Development (TAMEB) are implementing a project that supports Turkey in alleviating the consequences of the refugee crisis. Until the end of April 2019, vocational and entrepreneurial training courses in addition to Turkish language and social integration trainings are organised at the project locations Istanbul, Ankara, Mersin, Hatay and Kilis.




Dr. Vanesa Rodriguez Osuna

Project Director





The outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011 led to a massive influx of Syrian refugees into Turkey. By the end of 2017 some 3.5 million registered Syrian migrants lived in Turkey. The refugees are spread throughout the country but are especially present in the provinces bordering Syria. The large number and long-term presence of these Syrians burdens the Turkish state and particularly the communities that host them. Most refugees do not have the means that allow them to plan their or their families’ future. Vocational training schemes can improve their chances in Turkey, in other host regions or in their home countries should they return there.

Public funding

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

The project budget is 17.5 million EUR.

Target group

  • Young Syrian refugees
  • Turkish disadvantaged women and men

To create a special project benefit for the host communities and/or the Turkish population and to foster the integration of Syrians into the local society, the project is open to both Syrian refugees and vulnerable Turkish citizens.

The goal is to provide Syrian refugees and vulnerable Turkish groups with vocational and entrepreneurial training for them to get employment or generate income to support their families.


In the course of the project implementation sequa collaborates closely with German business membership organisations. Each partner provides vocational training schemes for the target groups in direct 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)