ETF helps sectoral assessment & certification bodies in Turkey
Thematic Area: ; Skills recognition
When Turkey adopted the law on the Vocational Qualifications System in 2006, it foresaw the establishment of many sectoral centres that would test and certify the work force against new vocational qualifications that were developed based on national occupational standards. In 2010 a grant scheme was launched for the first 28 centres and they started their operations last year. "As this is new territory for sectors in Turkey, the start of these new entities has not been easy" says Rosita Van Meel, the ETF country Manager for Turkey, "but it is a very significant development with sectors taking up new responsibilities for the qualification of the Turkish workforce. This active participation of the private sector is unique for our partner countries." "We want to use this seminar to bring all the institutions involved together with the VocTest centres and learn from each other as well as from European experience, in order to move forward with the implementation" says Arjen Deij, senior qualifications system expert in the ETF. There are 70 participants coming to the seminar in Antalya on 6/7 March from all the VocTest Centres as well as the Vocational Qualifications Authority, the Ministry of National Education, EU funded technical assistance projects, the CFSU who monitors the implementation of the centres and the EU Delegation. During the seminar the processes of the authorised certification bodies will be mapped and a roadmap for completing an operational manual will be developed. Participants will also be exposed to an example from Romania where 75 sectoral assessment centres are already in operation. The focus will be in particular on the institutional development of the centres and the processes for validation of prior learning. The final aim of the seminar is to help the VocTest Centres to help themselves in addressing the challenges of implementation.