The second component of VET4JOB aims to enhance efforts towards eliminating child labour by ensuring widespread promotion of apprenticeship training system with developed support mechanisms.
Apprenticeship training is one of the formal education types available for young people to attend in order them to complete their compulsory education after secondary school. At the end of four years of apprenticeship training, students also complete their 12 years of compulsory education. Students continue this programme
- receive theoretical education in vocational training centres one or two days a week,
- receive applied training at the workplaces four or five days a week.
The apprentice is not an employee but a student. Apprentice students are under the state supervision and protection. They are entitled to benefit all rights granted to students.
In this context, VET4JOB will contribute to the efforts to fight against child labour by promoting apprenticeship training and developing its operational capacity, by referring children who cannot continue their education despite being in compulsory education age and are obliged to work towards formal apprenticeship training. In this way, VET4JOB ensures that they continue their education under state protection and helps them to prepare for formal employment.
In line with these objectives, within VET4JOB:
- Working groups will be set up for provincial employment boards, workplace inspection and guidance groups and examination committees as the staple components of apprenticeship training and combatting child labour, and training will be provided for the members of these structures and support mechanisms will be established,
- National awareness raising campaign against child labour will be launched to contribute to the activities carried out in Turkey for combatting child labour; and in this campaign, negative impacts of child labour on the child and the society will be highlighted while emphasizing the benefits of apprenticeship training and its contribution to combatting child labour.