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Strengthening Training and Research Capacity of the Centre for Labour and Social Training and Research (CASGEM)

Action /Activity:

Action I: Employment
Activity I.III: Supporting Employment Policy-making and Implementation

Title of the Operation:

Strengthening Training and Research Capacity of the Centre for Labour and Social Training and Research (CASGEM)

Number of the Operation:


Implementation Period:

03.03.2020 – 02.09.2023

Operation Beneficiary:

Centre for Labour and Social Training and Research (ÇASGEM)

Website / Social Media Accounts:

Interventions and Estimated Results:

Overall Objective: To support employment policy-making and implementation process in occupational health and safety field.

Specific Purpose: To increase institutional capacity of the operation beneficiary to improve capacity of the public employment services.

Target Groups

• Operation Beneficiary’s trainers and staff
• Stakeholders’ staff and/or trainers
• Social Partners’ trainers
• NGOs’ trainers
• Policy makers of Operation Beneficiary

Location: Ankara

The Operation has 42-months service (technical assistance) and 6–months supply components.

Intervention Categories under Service Component

• Institutional Capacity Building
• Awareness Raising
• Scientific & Technical Studies
• Coordination & Cooperation Mechanisms

Within the scope of the service component, capacity building activities, scientific and technical studies as well as awareness-raising campaigns/events will be provided and coordination/cooperation mechanisms will be strengthened in order to increase the institutional capacity of the Operation Beneficiary to improve capacity of the public employment services.

Measuring instruments and training equipment will be purchased through the supply component in order to increase the institutional capacity in providing trainings and conducting researches, and to ensure sustainability in the services delivered on the field.

Current Situation:
(End of July 2023)

Service contract of the Operation was signed on 24.01.2020. Kick-off Meeting was held on 03.03.2020. Monthly Management and Operation Steering Committee meetings have been held so far. The project duration has been extended for 6 months.

Under the scope of training activities that constitute a part of the service contract, in the current situation, 1.890 persons participated to a total of 82 trainings.

Country reports on implementations in EU and Türkiye (EU, Canada, Finland and Türkiye) on occupational rehabilitation (return to work) were prepared and 7 modules were developed. Workshops were organized in February and September 2021 with the participation of relevant stakeholders.

EU Best Practices Report and 6 training modules (for various age groups) on safety culture were developed. Conference on Safety Culture was organised in December 2021. Piloting studies of the materials for 0-6 and 6-15, 15-18 and over 18 age groups to disseminate safety culture were conducted in selected private schools, via Zoom for university students and in enterprises for the workers in Ankara.

A seminar on New Approaches in Safety Culture was organized in October 2022, contributing to awareness raising efforts on the subject. In addition, books and visual materials for 0-6, 6-15, 15-18 and +18 age groups on safety culture were prepared and the piloting studies were organised.

Within the scope of scientific and technical research, preparations on Occupational Accident Prediction Model started and a working team was established. Workshops for research on occupational accident prediction model were held on 30-31.12.2022 in construction, petrochemical, mining and metal sectors so as to take the contributions of the relevant stakeholders. Drafting of the research report is underway.

A working group has been established for the research about returning to work (vocational rehabilitation). Seminar on Occupational Rehabilitation was organized on 10.05.2023. Besides, workshop on the Research on Occupational Rehabilitation was held on 27.07.2023; the initial findings of the research have been shared with relevant stakeholders, and their views and recommendations were taken for the final version of the research report.

A study visit to Sweden and Finland was organized in September 2022.

A tailor-made Process and Performance Management System has been developed to increase the institutional memory, productivity and to ensure an effective internal workflow for ÇASGEM.

Within the scope of virtual reality (VR), 20 scenarios in construction, petrochemical, mining and metal sectors were developed.

In order to increase the visibility of the Operation, several promotional materials were produced and delivered to participants. Awareness Raising Films (promotion of the Operation, occupational rehabilitation and safety culture) were produced.

During the extension period, within the context of Social Impact Analysis –added as a new activity-, workshop on Development of Social Impact Analysis Guideline was organized on 04.05.2023. Studies for the development of Social Impact Analysis Guideline are underway. Implementation period of supply contracts (Lot 1: IT Equipment and Lot 2: OHS Equipment) started on 21.03.2023. Provisional Acceptance procedures for the equipment under both contracts were completed by 07.07.2023.