The aim of the project is to prepare women of all ages (local, migrant, refugee and disabled) to return to employment or entrepreneurship after a period of economic inactivity by developing their key skills and competencies to improve labour mobility especially in rural areas where finding employment can be more difficult by providing them with explore opportunities to create employment.
Each partner will provide their expertise in specific areas: Sweden will present its ISO 9001 certified mentoring programme; Northern Ireland (UK), its working models for increased business enterprise; Poland, its effort on behalf of persons with disability and Turkey, its training initiatives for job seekers, especially women.
A dissemination meeting was held in Turkey 3 – 4 May 2018 to share the results of the project at the end of its two year term.
During the disseimantion event the partners from Sweden, Poland, UK and Turkey met with some of the groups of women in the various trianing centres run by KOMEK. The women receive training to support them return to work through KOMEK who deliver trianing to over 30, 000 women each year.
The group visits Culture Park Sale Centre whi help to sell the products the women create during their workshops such as ceramics, lace, pottery, art works. Visits also took place to Saman Pazarı Furnishings Workshop Buyuk Sinan Art and Design Center and Karatay Women’s Club as well as Konya Ecdat Park to meet and share the benefits of participating in the Women return to work project.
As it was the end of the training year a speical celebration exhibition was held to exhibit and display all the items the women had produced and to celebrate their development throughout the year. The exhibition was attended by over 500 people at the İrfan Cultural Centre.
On the final day a seminar was held where each of the partners shared the best practice from their region and heard from some of the success stories from women who had taken part in the programme which had helped them to set up their own businesses.