New education program with job guarantee for high school and university graduates from the Ministry of National Education
National Education Minister Mahmut Özer has announced that from this month high school and university graduates will start the program which allows them to complete the vocational training center program in a field that they wish in a short time like 6-8 months and to enter the labor market with guaranteed employment.
National Education Minister Özer explained the details of the new job-guaranteed vocational training program, which will be implemented by the ministry through vocational training centers for high school and university graduates .
Stating that one of the objectives of these centers is to allow those who have a secondary or higher education diploma to benefit, if they wish, from vocational training completion programs with guaranteed employment, Özer given the following information: We are launching the program, which offers the possibility of finishing in a short time, for example a month, and entering the labor market with guaranteed employment. Our starting point here is: If there is a serious need to find personnel in any field, for example in the field of welding, to meet with all the companies related to this field and to organize an end-of-training program of 6 or 8 months in order to meet the needs of this staff in a short period of time without waiting 4 years for obtaining the diploma from the vocational training centres. To ensure the participation of high school and university graduates here, to provide training by sectors who want to meet their staffing needs and to hire those who succeed 6 months later when they graduate. From this month, we will gradually launch this program in a generalized way all over Turkey.
Clarifying that at present it is possible to enroll by going directly to the vocational training centres, Özer said: “Like the completion programs of the vocational training centres, employment will be guaranteed, the process will continue in the cities concerned by starting the process, its announcement and the applications for this announcement.Since there will be high school or university graduates in the development program, it will not be necessary to follow any cultivation course, and the application will be done entirely in on-the-job training and within the framework of the program that you will create together with the sector.Those who succeed will also be employed by the demanding sector mentioned.Stating that they aim to maximize the match between supply and demand in the labor market with all these plans, Minister Özer added that they aim to eliminate skills mismatches by rapidly shifting d graduates from fields that have no job shortage to fields that are needed in the job. Marlet.
The employer’s financial burden has been removed
Recalling that with the amendment to Law No. 3308 on Vocational Education on December 25, 2021, an important regulation was adopted regarding students attending the Vocational Education Center, Özer pointed out that a very attractive mechanism has was created by removing the financial burden on the employer. Özer noted that 4 percent of the minimum wage paid by students who attended these centers for 30 years was covered by the employer, some of them were subsidized by the state, and with the new regulation, the state began to cover the entire one-third of the salary.
Stating that those who succeed in these centers are “foreman” at the end of the third year and those who succeed after one year of teaching in the final year are “masters”, Özer said that with the new regulations, the amount paid to journeymen goes from 30% of the minimum wage to 50%. Minister Özer said those who have worked as a “master” for 10 years or more and documented it in SGK records can directly take the exam to become a “master instructor” without any training, and continued as follows: . After taking these 3 regulations, we saw that there was an incredible increase in the number of students in a short period of one month. It is a very attractive model especially for small and medium enterprises and students. The fact that there is no age limit in vocational training centers is a huge advantage. A mechanism where students of all ages can become students of our citizens of all ages. Before the change in the law, the number of students in these centers was 159,000, now it has increased to 280,000. In a short period of time, like a month, the number of students has increased by 76%. ” noted.
The first objective is to introduce 1 million people to the centers this year.
Stressing that the main objective of the ministry is to increase the capacity of vocational training centers and that the new amendment of the law allows this, Özer said that active fieldwork has been started on this subject and that these centers continue to be presented to families, chambers of commerce and industry. Minister Özer recalled that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan set “the goal of introducing 2022 million citizens into vocational training centers in 1” and continued his remarks as follows: “Currently, the system is progressing with much success. As a ministry, our first objective is to associate nearly a million citizens with professional training centers. There really is this potential. The sectors that will be most positively affected by this transformation of the Vocational education in Turkey will be small and medium-sized enterprises, so this excuse in the labor market, which complains about not being able to find apprentices, masters and journeymen, will completely disappear.
Minister Özer said that vocational training centers have been set up in all organized industrial zones with physical facilities and liaison offices have been set up in those without, so that citizens can receive very easily vocational training services in companies.
Vocational training centres, the Turkish equivalent of dual vocational training in Germany
Asked about the similarities between this new education model and the vocational education model in Germany, Minister Özer said: “Vocational training centers are the equivalent of dual vocational education in Germany in Turkey. At the same time, our Seljuk is an original equivalent of the Ahi order system of the Ottoman Empire and the traditional model of apprenticeship, journeyman and master training in Turkey. made his assessment.
Emphasizing that students at vocational training centers have a great advantage in terms of practical skills, Özer said that students who only come to school one day a week receive active training in real business environments in companies. all the rest of the day. Noting that the employment rate of graduates from vocational education centers is much higher than that of graduates from Anatolian Vocational Technical High Schools, Özer said that the employment rate of these graduates in the field in which they were trained is about 88%. Highlighting that 75% of vocational training center graduates continue to work in the companies where they were trained for 4 years, Özer said: “This system has been used for years, especially by small and medium-sized companies, which are related to vocational education will make its rhetoric completely history. On the one hand, small and medium enterprises will have much more qualified human resources. Therefore, this will be reflected in their products, and the quality of the products they manufacture and the services they provide will increase. he said.
Citizens of all ages can enroll in vocational training centres.
Stressing the importance of reducing the youth unemployment rate in the labor market, Özer said: “The regulation that came into force at the end of 2021 marks a historic breaking point in this direction. From now on, the Vocational Training Center will have completely solved this problem by including its contribution to training and processes in order to train the human resources demanded by the labor market and without any financial burden for the employer. used expressions. Stressing that the biggest advantage of vocational training centers is that they cater to all ages, Özer said: “They don’t just cater to the school-age population. In other words, it is enough for our fellow citizens to have only a high school diploma. So our fellow citizens of all ages, 25, 30, 40 years old, secondary school graduates… This also plays a very important role in terms of the employment of our women and constitutes an attractive role model for them. There is also no time limit, they can easily find the necessary companies by contacting the vocational training centers at any time and registering with the vocational training centers. In this sense, it has a very flexible model. he said.