Increasing Access and Quality of Early Childhood Education (ECE)
1 July 2020
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2 July 2020
Increasing Access and Quality of Early Childhood Education (ECE)
1 July 2020
Empowering Women through Cooperatives (WOMENCOOP)
2 July 2020

Labour Market Support Programme for NEETs (NEET PRO) Operation

Action /Activity:

Action I: Employment
Activity I.II: Promoting Employment and Employability

Title of the Operation:

Labour Market Support Programme for NEETs (NEET PRO)

Operation Number:


Implementation Period:

30.12.2021 - 29.06.2024

Operation Beneficiary:

Turkish Employment Agency

Website / Social Media Accounts:

Facebook – @Neet Pro
Instagram – @neet_pro
LinkedIn – @Neet Pro
Twitter – @Neet Pro

Interventions and Estimated Results:

The overall objective of the Operation is to improve employability of women, young people and persons in need of special policies as indicated in the EESP SOP.

The purposes of the contract are as follows:

• To increase policy making, implementation and service providing capacity of İŞKUR to provide better active labour market policies for youth not in education, employment or training (NEETs)

• To raise awareness of NEETs, their families and other stakeholders regarding NEETs participation to labour market


There are three main interventions of the service component:

I: Institutional Capacity Building

II. Awareness-raising activities

III. Scientific and Technical Studies


Expected results are as follows:

I. Capacity of İŞKUR will be improved through trainings, development of IAP and JSA Implementation and Monitoring Model, and study visits.

II. NEETs, their families and relevant stakeholders will be accessed through outreach strategy, communication campaigns and visibility activities.

III. Knowledge on NEETs to contribute policy making will be improved through field research about NEETs and evaluation of grant projects.


By the grant component, it is aimed to increase employability and labour force participation of NEETs by providing comprehensive and holistic active labour market measures.

Current Situation:
(As of January 2024)

By the end of January 2024;

Under Intervention I;

• IAP and JSA model was prepared. Best practices in EU countries (Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Portugal) were analysed and reported in the model for monitoring of implementation of IAP.

• IAP form was prepared and piloted in Çankaya and Altındağ Service Centers of İŞKUR.

• IAP Implementation and Monitoring Software was developed.

• To identify the training content under Activities 1.1.1 and 1.1.3, a TNA workshop was organized on 12 October 2022. Training programmes were identified and concept notes along with the NKE ToRs were prepared.

• 15 sessions of the trainings (30 in total for two activities) under Activity 1.1.1.b and 1.1.3.a, which started on May 29, 2023, were completed on 29th of September, 2023. At the end of 15 sessions, a total of 375 people have participated to all of the sessions.

• Under activity 1.1.1.a, Trainings for "Individual Action Plan (IAP) and Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) Implementation and Monitoring Model (450 Participants), two trainings were conducted for İŞKUR central level staff with 50 participants on 13-15 March 2023 and 15-17 March 2023. The third and final session of the training was held between 26-28 September, 2023. O total of 64 people have participated to all of the sessions.

• A report on Individual Action plan in selected EU countries was prepared under 1.2 activity.

• Under Activity 1.1.4, the Thematic Monitoring training was organized on the 1st of December, 2023 with the participation of 14 İŞKUR Central Directorate staff.

• IAP form and model for monitoring of implementation of IAP and JSA was prepared.

• Report on IAP and its Implementation and Monitoring Model prepared.

• The IAP software is installed and ready to use by İŞKUR and Grant Scheme Projects.

• Under Activity 1.2.4, implementation and monitoring software was finalised; 3 user tests were conducted in April and approved. Improvements and bug fixes on the software were finalized in July 2023 and the software went live in August. The activity has been finalised.

• Under Activity 1.3, concept paper of the second study visit was approved. Two NKEs were approved. The second study visit organized between 2-6 October 2023 in Belgium and Netherlands. 7 staff members participated from İŞKUR.


Under Intervention II;

• EU Member States’ Best Practices Report for NEET Outreach Strategy Report has been prepared.

• Under Activity 2.1.1, the draft Outreach Strategy Report was prepared is under evaluation.

• The Grant Implementation Training organized under Activity 2.2.1. was completed between 20-22 June, 2023

• Under Activity 2.1.2, the first Workshop organized for preparing the Outreach Strategy was organized on 22 March 2023. On the 19th of July 2023, the 2nd Outreach Workshop was organized with 45 participants. The Outreach Workshop report for 2 workshops is prepared.

• Under Activity 2.1.3, the Outreach Strategy Dissemination Conference was organised on the 2nd of November, 2023 with the participation of 191 people from 79 İŞKUR provincial directorates, 29 stakeholders institutions, 40 Grant Scheme project representative and 19 İŞKUR Central Directorates representatives.

• Project Opening Event was held on 9 June 2022 with the participation of 254 people.

• Social media accounts of the Operation are updated regularly.

• A total of 670 booklets, 1.839 agendas, 16.639 ballpoint pens, 295 crystal plaques, 450 ceramic cups, 350 thermos cups, 350 bluetooth headphones, 350 laptop backpacks, 1025 cloth bags, 15.000 keyrings, 15.000 pencil cases were produced to be used in project activities. Under Activity 2.2.2, Preparatory works for the preparation of İŞKUR videos have initiated. Concept note was prepared and approved. Due to the current situation (i.e. earthquake, elections) it was decided to revise the sequence of the shootings and shoot the real life stories first. The first video was produced. The concept note for the 2nd video was prepared and the video shootings are completed.

• The concept note was prepared for the bus campaign under Activity 2.2.2. List of provinces to be visited in the bus campaign and the appropriate route was determined. Preparations about logistics and other arrangements finalised. The bus campaign started in September 2023 and was finalized in October The bus campaign report was prepared.

• The Bus Campaign Opening Ceremony, hosted by ISKUR DG, was organized with more than 200 participants including the Minister of Labour and Social Security, EUD, Contracting Authority and national media. 61 news about the opening ceremony were published in digital media and 13 news in print media. Several news has been published on various TV channels. In this scope, 15 short videos about the bus campaign have been prepared by İŞKUR for each province and they have been shared on project's social media accounts.

• Bus Campaign in 15 provinces (Mardin, Van, Erzurum, Rize, İzmir, Eskişehir, Bursa, Afyon, Konya, Mersin, Gaziantep, Adıyaman, Sivas, Samsun and Çorum) attended 5.447 NEETs, visited by 13 stakeholders and 10 GS projects. Under this activity, 15.000 keyrings, 15.000 pens and 15.000 agendas produced.


Under Intervention III, a field research was carried out to identify the NEETs and their socio-demographic characteristics, trends, the situation and expectations of the labour market. This research was conducted to map NEETs through understanding and determining their profiles (labour market status, trends, attitudes etc.).

• In this scope, Research Methodology was prepared and approved. Focus group meetings were carried out in 16 provinces. The qualitative research started in October 2022 and finalized in December 2022. A total of 64 focus group meetings were conducted with 502 participants (209 of which were women) in 16 provinces (Tekirdağ, Kocaeli, Ankara, İstanbul, Mardin, İzmir, Antalya, Erzurum, Van, Bursa, Konya, Diyarbakır, Hatay, Samsun, Trabzon and Kayseri). The meetings were held with the representatives of local state institutions and municipalities, private sector entities, academicians, NGOs and NEETs. Under this scope, 16 focus group reports have been prepared.

• Quantitative field research started in December 2022 and finalized in March 2023. 12 NUTS1 Regional Reports have been prepared and sent for approval in June.

• Online in-depth interviews in round table format started in April 2023 and finalized in May 2023.

• More than 100 interviews were conducted in Ankara, İstanbul, İzmir, Mardin, Kayseri, Erzurum, Tekirdağ, Kocaeli, Diyarbakır and Konya.

• Following the completion of qualitative and quantitative research activities, 1 NEET Türkiye Research Report which includes policy recommendations has been prepared. 16 IBBS-1 Regional Reports have been prepared and submitted in June. The Research Report is under evaluation.

• Under Activity 3.1.2, Research Result Dissemination Conference was organized on the 1st of November with the participation 191 people from 79 İŞKUR provincial directorates, 29 stakeholders institutions, 40 Grant Scheme project representative and 19 İŞKUR Central Directorates representatives.