Enhancing Quality Apprenticeships in Turkey

In alignment with GAN’s goal of supporting the private sector in advancing quality apprenticeship agendas, GAN Global and Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations TISK, the host organization of GAN Turkey, organized a webinar on 16 May on “ILO Recommendation 208: Enhancing Quality Apprenticeships in Türkiye.” This collaborative event aimed to raise awareness on how to improve the quality of apprenticeship training and contribute to the development of robust programs in Türkiye.

The webinar began with opening remarks from Akansel Koç (in Turkish), Secretary General of TİSK, followed by insights from Kathryn Rowan, Executive Director of GAN Global, and Akustina Morni, Policy Director of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), where they discussed the regulatory framework and conditions for the private sector to foster quality apprenticeships (in English).

Following the keynotes, the panel session (in English) featured leaders from global companies who shared best practices from a variety of industries. Panelists included Laurence Gentile from dsm-firmenich, Sonia Studer from Nestlé, Defne von Krogh from UBS, and Banking Apprentice Anet Solmaz. They addressed critical issues such as the legal framework, collaboration with public and educational institutions, strategies for inclusion and equity, and alignment with industry needs.

The event drew over 200 participants, including representatives from GAN Türkiye, member unions, various companies, and international organizations. In his closing speech, Akansel Koç emphasized TİSK’s ongoing role in coordinating and managing the GAN Turkey Network and affirmed the organization’s dedication to raising awareness and promoting the development of quality apprenticeship programs.

This webinar marks a pivotal step in enhancing apprenticeship training in Türkiye, demonstrating the collective effort of employers, industry leaders, and international organizations in fostering a skilled and inclusive workforce.