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.

In the 1st project phase, TAMEB has concentrated its activities on the provinces of Istanbul, Ankara as well as Mersin, Hatay and Kilis. In the 2nd phase, activities are implemented in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir.

In essence, the aim is to provide refugees and vulnerable Turkish groups with vocational qualification skills to improve their living conditions.

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 sectors (1st project phase: construction, gastronomy, handicrafts/textiles, information technology. 2nd project phase: construction, gastronomy, textiles, corporate cleaning).

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.


Nicolas Klein (Bonn)

Project Director




Aynur Kuytu (Office Ankara)

Representative of sequa Turkey, Contact Person for Online Trainings




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 prolonged stay of these Syrian citizens poses a challenge to Turkey and particularly the communities that host them. Most Syrians under temporary protection lack prospects for the future to improve their living conditions, by securing basic incomes and accessing the labour market. 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: 16.8 million EUR

2nd Project phase (01.05.2019 - 31.08.2022)

Project budget: 21.7 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 benefited from social integration courses.
  • Vocational skills trainings are provided conform to national requirements and improved German know-how.
  • 2,289 persons successfully participated in vocational skills training obtaining a certification in the construction, gastronomy, handicraft, textile and information technology sectors. The proportion of Syrian citizens was 61%.
  • A total of 1,121 women benefited from vocational training measures.
  • 237 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.
  • 87 trainers from the Turkish Partner institutions were trained by the German partners of TAMEB. Furthermore, 13 additional participants were trained as job coaches.
  • 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.

Expected results from the 2nd project phase

  • In at least three of the Turkish communities particularly affected by high influx of refugees, measures for social and occupational integration of the refugees have been established or improved.
  • The language and integration courses supported by TAMEB reach at least 3,000 refugees and the qualification measures reach at least 3,560 people, at least 50% of whom are women.
  • After course completion, at least 40% of participants have completed a job-related internship, found employment or are able to generate income through self-employment.

Target group

Young refugees and Turkish disadvantaged persons

TAMEB programme is open to both 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.

Partners of the 2nd phase

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.


German Partners

  • Berufsförderungswerk der Bauindustrie NRW gGmbH
  • Bildungswerk der Baden-Württembergischen Wirtschaft e.V.
  • Global Project Partners e.V.



Local Partners

  • Anadolu Kültür
  • Bilkent University
  • Foreign Language Research and Application Centre (TÖMER)
  • Izmir Metropolitan Municipality
  • LUNA Education
  • STL Global Association
  • Vocational Schools of Higher Education at Ankara University

Project activities

Hatay - Vocational Qualification Gastronomy

Ankara - Qualification in Construction Sector

Kilis - Qualification in Handicrafts and Textiles

Istanbul - Vocational Qualification Welding

Kilis - Entrepreneurship Training