As a result of the studies carried out by the Ministry of National Education to expand vocational education centers and contribute to the increase in employment, the number of students enrolled in vocational education centers increased from 159 thousand to 502 thousand. Thus, 1 percent of the target of bringing 50 million citizens together with vocational training centers by the end of the year has been achieved in 5 months.
The Ministry of National Education continues to expand vocational training centers and contribute to the increase in employment. In this context, after the changes made in the Vocational Education Law No. 2021 at the end of December 3308, the vocational training centers attracted great interest from both employers and citizens. While the number of students enrolled in vocational training centers was 159 thousand, it increased to 5 thousand in 502 months after the regulation. Thus, by the end of 2022, 1 percent of the target of 50 million students in vocational education centers has been reached in five months.
With the new regulation, a student who enrolls in the vocational training center receives a monthly salary of 1.276 liras while studying, and 2.126 liras for journeymen at the end of three years. All of these fees are paid by the state. In addition, all students are insured against work accidents and occupational diseases. The employment rate of graduates is also quite high, around 88 percent. The fact that there is no age restriction for enrolling in these centers is also a great advantage.
The most attention, beauty and hair care services
Beauty and hair care services ranked first with 73 thousand 264 students, motor vehicle technology was second with 62 thousand 713 students, and food and beverage services ranked third with 44 thousand 479 students in the demand for vocational education centers. Electrical and electronics technology ranked fourth with 37 students, and fashion design technology ranked fifth with 106 students.
Making an assessment on the subject, Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer stated that after the regulations made in the Vocational Education Law on December 25, 2021, an attractive mechanism was created for both employers and young people in vocational education and that a new era was established in raising the human resources needed by the labor market. stated that it started. Pointing out that this is a historical step that will increase employment for the country, Özer said, “After the changes made on 25 December 2021, the interest in vocational training centers has increased incredibly. The number of students in these centers increased by more than 5 percent in a short period of 300 months. The number of apprentices and journeymen, which was 159 thousand, has now exceeded 500 thousand. As our President has announced, we aim to bring 2022 million young people together with these vocational training centers by the end of 1. We see vocational and technical education as a strategic issue for Turkey's future. Therefore, these centers will play a critical role in both reducing youth unemployment and strengthening vocational education.”
Expressing that they will continue to strengthen vocational education as the Ministry, Özer thanked his colleagues and 81 provincial national education directors who contributed to the process.