Training Course

Erasmus+ Project: “Training of Trainers on Career Management”

“Training of Trainers on Career Management” was implemented in Istanbul, Turkey on 2-11 March 2020 by Youth Work Association with the 34 youth workers coming from Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece and Turkey under the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme of European Union which funded by Turkish National Agency. Project was coordinated and hosted by Youth Work Association while Istanbul Bilgi University and Abdullah Gül University are co-hosting and co-ordinating organizations in the implementation part. 2 day of the training course was held in Istanbul Bilgi University’s SantralIstanbul campus while other 8 days were in a training center located in Polonezköy, Istanbul, Turkey.


Partner Organizations: 

Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey), Abdullah Gül University (Turkey), Champions Factory (Bulgaria) Agenzia di Promozione Integrata per i Cittadini in Europa (Italy),  KOBIETY.LODZ.PL (Poland), ARTE.M – ASSOCIAÇÃO CULTURAL E ARTÍSTICA NA MADEIRA (Portugal), ASOCIATIA TEAM FOR YOUTH ASSOCIATION (Romania),  Asociación “Eo, Eo” (Spain) ve NEOI ELLADOS SE EYROPAIKI DRASI (Greece).


Background of the Project:

Eurostat estimates that 16.306 million men and women in the EU-28, of whom 12.919 million were in the euro area (EA-19), were unemployed in December 2018. Compared with November 2018, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 75 000 in both the EU-28 and the euro area. Compared with December 2017, unemployment fell by 1.533 million in the EU-28 and by 1.174 million in the euro area. In December 2018, 3.365 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU-28, of whom 2.391 million were in the euro area. Compared with December 2017, youth unemployment decreased by 249 000 in the EU-28 and by 141 000 in the euro area. In December 2018, the youth unemployment rate was 14.9 % in the EU-28 and 16.6 % in the euro area, compared with 16.1 % and 17.8 % respectively in December 2017. Unemployment Rate in Turkey increased to 11.60 percent in October 2018 from 11.40 percent in September of 2018. Unemployment Rate in Turkey averaged 10.08 percent from 2005 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 14.80 percent in February of 2009 and a record low of 7.30 percent in June of 2012 (Trading Economics and TUIK).

Employment, sufficient social conditions and prosperity are among the best worries for youngsters. Youth all over Europe is at high risk of social rejection and neediness, particularly amid the change from instruction to business and employment. The non-formal education (NFE), professional preparing and direction can be vital in smoothening the progress among training and work for youth, just as the key significance of managers perceiving the capabilities that youngsters secure through NFE and volunteering in youth associations. NFE can have incredible significance in encouraging the employability of youngsters.


Aim of the Project:

Youth Work Association believes that true career management and direction of young people is the solution for our country’s and Europe’s future. That’s the main reason we want to organize this project. We plan to support and encourage young people to plan their own career and also train youth workers to consult other young people/ We also aim to encourage young people to increase their entrepreneurial skills and to establish their own businesses. That’s the main idea to create this project. Focal point of Training Couse (TC) is to enable youth mentors to most likely create and lead quality NFE programs on youth business and enterprise so as to battle youth joblessness and rejection. This undertaking will permit concentrating the endeavors of association on the desperation of giving essential abilities to youngsters who were never utilized and turning into a space where the individuals who as of late lost business can keep up their capabilities and use them in the community life.


Objectives of the Project:
• To reflect and exchange opinions about the youth unemployment and entrepreneurship in different European countries and Turkey (tendencies and influencing factors, specifications of the target group, focuses etc) and existing youth work programmes dealing with it
• To discuss how non-formal education can influence better on youth employability and employment and to share examples of good practices to combat youth unemployment
• To empower youth workers for active promotion of youth employment and entrepreneurship and for work on raising youth employability competences
• To empower youth workers to become quality youth trainers of non-formal education activities for the (unemployed) youth in our communities
• To encourage the development of different education programmes for empowerment of unemployed youth in local communities, with special accent being put on developing their self-directed learning skills, entrepreneurship skills and business plan development
• To present the Erasmus+ programme and to encourage the creation of future projects with unemployed youngsters


Roles of the leaders: 

President of the Youth Work Association Mehmet ÇETİNKAYA, Secretary General: H. Şansel ÇETİNKAYA and Serhat GÜLER from Istanbul Bilgi University as trainers, Clara Molina AMADOR, İbrahim Halil ÇETİNKAYA, Barış TAŞCI and Engin OSKAN were facilitators in the project.


Summary Video and Photos from the Training of Trainers on Career Management

The video, which is the summary of the project’s activities, can be viewed at the following address:

We would also like to thank Luis Samuel García Camino, who contributed to the video production.

We share some photos from the project with you:

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