TAGES organized the 4th partners meeting of Development the Competences of Key Persons for better Integration and Employability of Disadvantaged Groups on the European Labour Market (DC-Key-Train) Project in Istanbul on 31 January and 1 February 2011. Project partners aim to facilitate the development of innovative training that will be available to SMEs and employment-support institutions in the partner countries, Turkey, Slovenia, Austria and the UK.
DC-Key-Train project which is realized by 4 partners, TAGES from Turkey, Inštitut Republike Slovenije za Rehabilitacijo from Slovenia, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants from the UK and Schulungszentrum Fohnsdorf from Austria, addresses the employment-support needs of unemployed people with disabilities and other exclusion factors (youth, long-term unemployment, immigrants, and ethnic minorities). TAGES is a part of the project as being responsible of presenting the legislation frame of vocational rehabilitation and training in Turkey, facilitating cooperation between SMEs, other institutions and disadvantaged groups by means of its large network of SMEs, NGOs, universities and other institutions, contributing to the development of the content of the training modules for SMEs and disseminating the training and support programme for key players in SMEs in Turkey.
The 4th partners meeting of the project was organized in Richmond Hotel Istanbul on 31 January and 1 February 2011. Leyla Arsan, TAGES CEO, Gurbet Deniz Yavuz, TAGES Projects Consultant, and Hikmet Barutcu, TAGES Ankara Operations Coordinator, organized the meeting and activities for two days. The project partners worked on improving the content of the training modules that were determined in the previous project meeting and joint training programme was finalised. The first day of the meeting continued with the presentation of the evaluation instruments of testing the programme in each partners’ country on the field of vocational rehabilitation and training for vulnerable group and comparing, transferring and unifying the approaches and good practices of the countries. Also partners discussed further activities that should be carried out to disseminate the DC-Key-Train project. Partners will form discussion groups, in their countries, of key players in SMEs and institutions which work with them in order to achieve successful integration of the target group for evaluating the training modules and project results.
On the second day of the meeting new project ideas and new cooperation opportunities which will enhance and strengthen the relations between partners were discussed. Funding programmes and new project proposal calls were evaluated to prepare and submit new projects and it was agreed that DC-Key-Train project would lead to development of new project proposals on the topic. The meeting finished after going through the project plan and deadlines for the next activities of the project.
The 5th partners meeting of the project will be organized in the UK in June 2011 for forming the training programme and support programme, developing the measures of testing the programme (questionnaires and interviews) and determining the indicators for evaluation of the programme.