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Izmir Design Factory

Title : Izmir Design Factory

Category : Youth Employment, Youth Unemployment, Sustainable Development

Description : İzmir Design Factory-IDF will be established in İzmir to advance knowledge and nurture leaders and innovators to anticipate, serve or solve societal and economic needs, through an integrated interdisciplinary education program, focused on developing the skills required by an ever-changing world and determined to co-create new knowledge and innovation with societal stakeholders.

The center, which will be established within Originn Coworking, Turkey’s largest coworking area, will focus on fashion, interior design, service design and food design taking advantage of the local capacity and needs of Izmir.

Young people who will participate in the certified and accredited vocational training programs to be created within the scope of the center will first intern at Porto Design Factory, one of the largest design centers in the EU located in Porto. Afterwards, they will develop innovative solutions by working in teams on design and innovation-based works to be taken from companies in Turkey and Europe, especially Izmir. The IDF, which will provide R&D support to corporate firms and SMEs from outside, will also provide young people with work and career experience by working directly with international teams.

Outputs :

1. IDF: The first Design Factory of Izmir will be established in Originn Coworking. A mini factory model consisting of machines, technical equipment and software to be needed in the fields of fashion, interior design, service design and food design.

2. IDF Vocational Qualification Programs: For the first time within the scope of our project, vocational training programs will be created in the fields of fashion, interior design, service design and food design based on ECVET principles.

3. IDF R&D Portal: An internet portal called will be established for the use of private sector, public, civil society and universities. Through this portal, institutions will install their problems in the system that they want to solve within the scope of their products and services. Teams in the IDF will make offers to address these issues and, if understood, take the job. In this context, the IDF will be guarantor and will provide added value by connecting institutions and young people through its physical space, technical equipment, training programs and corporate connections.

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Increase Your Employability: Applied Business Management Education

Title : Increase Your Employability: Applied Business Management Education

Category : Entrepreneurship and Startups, Youth Unemployment

Target Group : University Students, Management School Students

Project Aims :

Today, university students have hard time to find a job after graduation in the countries and economic regions producing low added value products. The ones, who find it, start to work with a salary and working conditions at minimum wage level. One of underlying reasons is that incomparability of knowledge and experience given in the higher education with the experience and knowledge level requested by the work force market. That is, the requirements of the market are very different from the things thought in higher education. The objective of our project is to create applied business management training module to enhance the social wealth through increasing employability and betterment of starting working conditions after graduation of the specified target audience. This module targets to teach the young theoretical information and problems and processes that they encounter in an applied way. This training module basing on the non-formal training methods will have a content to be used both by teachers and learners, to include open source ICT tools

Outputs :

  • Applied Business Management Education Module
  • Competetive Youth for Business Platform
  • Online Career Guidance Tool

Activities :

  • Preparing and Finalizing The Toolkit and Training Guide
  • Pilot Training of The Produced Module
  • Employment Gathering Between Employees and Students
  • Competetive Youth for Business Summit
  • Sub-Module Training Workshops
  • Local Dissemination Workshops
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