We Were At Çubuk Socıal Servıces Center For The “My Peer And Mentor Project”
Mentoring classes continue to take place as part of the “My Peer and Mentor Project”, a currently ongoing project which began in 2017. With the mentoring classes we launched, we brought together both Social Services Center employees who wanted to become mentors and the youth with disabilities.
Mentorship is a powerful and widespread mechanism that allows individuals to learn a great many new things about personal, social and occupational skills, knowledge and proficiencies. Translated to Turkish as “yönderlik” but widely used as “mentorluk”, the concept of mentorship can be defined as a form of assistance, protection or guidance that one confers upon another to reach one or more goals at the end of a certain period of time.
The goal of My Peer and My Mentor project is for mentorship to be used as a tool for the disabled youth to be included within the social life and for people in the same social circles to support each other.
The class took place at the Social Services Center Conference Hall with a considerably high level of attention from and participation by social services experts and young, disabled individuals. First of all, the form of relationship known as mentor-mentee relationship is one that is based on mutual responsibilities and volunteering. With this understanding and awareness established in the participants, discussions with maintained active participation were held on subjects such as what mentorship is and how it should be, the fundamental principles of mentorship, main responsibilities, how to be an effective mentor and what both sides’ expectations from each other are for the duration of mentorship. After the class, where emphasis was placed on the need for uninterrupted coordination and communication to ensure the continuity and effectiveness of the process, mentor-mentee pairing was carried out based on volunteering and compatibility.
Project participation certificates will be handed out to the participants who successfully conclude the mentoring stage at the end of this period.
Risk Assessment Course for IZSU General Directorate WHS Professionals
Theoretical subjects were imparted, and field observations and practical applications were covered during the work health and safety risk assessment for a time span of 40 hours and held 4th through 8th of February 2019. IZSU sub-employers, Iz Enerji and Izbelkom employees were also among the course participants.
Risk assessment decision matrices and the concept of probability were dealt with extensively in the course. The 3T and Kinney methods in particular were taught to the participants along with the showing of field examples. The participants were separated into two groups, encouraged to do teamwork and present the results to the class. This was done to ensure that the understanding of the subject and the methods was firmly established.
Also, as one of the main principles governing the understanding of work health and safety and as a great contributor for field performance observations and for the employers’ and WHS professionals’ performance of their monitoring and tracking duties, Elmeri performance observation method was conveyed to the participants through applications and examples and finally, the group was calibrated to allow them to have a similar view towards the same dangers and risks.
In order to discern the performance of IZSU General Directorate in terms of work health and safety management system, work health and safety management system rating (WHS-MS rating) was applied and taught to the participants so that they could utilize it in their own work environments.
The topics of how workplace accidents and cases should be studied, what kind of practices should be adopted and what type of documents should be issued before accidents take place for the employees, employers and WHS professionals not to be caught in a difficult situation when the accidents are submitted to judicial process. Precedents from last 30 years of decisions by the Court of Cassation were evaluated to issue an analysis.
Information Systems Infrastructure and Technical Support Course
Coordinated by our ministry’s Department of Training and Publishing, the opening of the in-service training program for the Department of Information Technologies personnel took place at ÇASGEM.
Attended by 200 participants from 81 provinces, the training courses will be hosted by ÇASGEM for 10 days.
ÇASGEM Visited by University of Illinois Staff and Amalgamated Transit Union Official
Coming to our country to watch the training session in Eskişehir of the project named “Harmonization of Work and Family Life in Unions”, which is lead by Öz İplik Labor Union, financed by Consulate General of Sweden, Istanbul and supported by Labor and Social Security Education and Research Center (ÇASGEM), University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign School of Labor & Employment Relations Worker Training Program Teaching Staff Members Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stephanie Fortado and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emily Twarog, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 Secretary-Treasurer Deborah Cosey Lane visited ÇASGEM. The visit was also attended by ÇASGEM Chairman Abdurrahim Şenocak, Vice Chairman Kenan Yavuz, ÇSG Training Experts C. Güliz Bozdemir, Kübra Öztürk Sever, Foreign Affairs General Directorate Specialist Fatih Ayan and Oz İplik Labor Union Women’s Committee President and Project Coordinator Pınar Özcan.
Extensive information was given to the visitors about ÇASGEM during the meeting. The American delegation was apprised of the purpose of ÇASGEM’s establishment, projects in execution, training and research programs.
In his meeting with the delegation, Chairman of Headquarters Abdurrahim Şenocak stated that ÇASGEM always ascribed substantial importance to its female employees and their problems, that the matter presented increased significance after merging with the Ministry of Labor, Social Services and Family. After expressing that unions are counted amongst our organization’s important social associates, Şenocak went on to explain that they cared greatly about such partnerships and that they were glad to provide assistance for projects with specialists who are trained in their respective areas. He also stated that the current project is viewed as an example and a pioneering project by many other institutions. After information was presented regarding the work being done, the delegation touched on the professional life in the US and the differences they noticed. It was stated that there weren’t profound differences between women taking leadership positions but Turkey was in a better position than the US in terms of some of the rights. They also pointed out that there was no organization similar to ours in their own country and said that the existence of ÇASGEM was an advantage for Turks’ professional life.
After a discussion involving mutual collaboration and possible projects that could be carried out with joint efforts, gifts were presented and the program was finalized by giving the guests a tour of ÇASGEM’s service building.
Think Safe 2 - Safety Matters!” Project Which Includes Visually Impaired Youth As Well Has Been Initiated
The multinational project named “Think Safe 2 - Safety Matters!”, which was approved within the context of Erasmus+ program, was launched with the opening meeting held in Portugal. The opening meeting was attended by Working Conditions Authority (ACT), University of Aveiro (UAVR), University of Minho (UMINHO) from Portugal, University of Girona from Spain, Technical University of Delft from Netherlands (TUDELFT) and Youth in Science and Business Foundation (YSBF) from Estonia as partners along with our organization.
The project will go on for 3 years with the main goal of developing modules and tools for students currently receiving education at secondary school level and for the youth with visual impairment.
Built on 3 fundamental outputs, the aim of the project is to prepare a training and education booklet for teachers regarding Work Health and Safety, to develop tools for teachers to utilize in the classroom and to prepare a Work Health and Safety booklet for students’ use. Also, all of these documents will be printed in braille for visually impaired teachers and students.
The goal is for all involved parties to make a contribution to the project by organizing workshops and holding meetings during the project studies that are to be attended by social parties. Also, the effectiveness of the prepared materials will be measured by organizing experimental training courses in our country
Turkmenistan Government Officials and Specialists Visited Our Headquarters
Turkmenistan government officials and specialists visited our headquarters on 29 January 2019 within the context of enhancing the capacity of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of the Republic of Turkmenistan.
The committees were introduced and both sides had a meeting at our headquarters. An informative seminar was held about Professional Life, Industrial Relations and Work Health and Safety.
Turkmenistan Ministry of Labor and Social Security executives expressed that they found an opportunity here to share Turkey’s positive practices through sharing training and experiences. The seminar was concluded with the expression of thanks to the Ministry officials and the executives of Labor and Social Security Education and Research Center and statement of wishes for mutual collaboration.
Harmonization of Work and Family Life Project Training
The inability of men and women to balance their roles and duties especially at workplace and in family life, in other words, the inability to harmonize their work and family lives can cause psychological problems such as stress, lack of self-confidence, inefficiency, unhappiness and depression. Just as the assignment of duties such as house chores to women as well as taking care of children and elderly lowers women’s quality of life, it also causes mental fatigue, distress, and loss of efficiency at workplace. This hectic pace and fatigue also diminishes women’s desire to assume leadership positions within society.
However the failure to establish a balance means creation of a unhealthy society. Because of this, women’s establishing a balance of work and family life particularly holds vast significance for the continuation of a healthy society.
Our project, which set out with the goal of creating solutions for these problems, is financed by the Consulate General of Sweden, Istanbul and co-executed with Öz İplik Labor Union. Training and coaching activities continue as part of the “Harmonization of Work and Family Life in Unions Project”. The goal of operations that are being carried out is to ameliorate the working conditions for women and put forth reconciliation policies.
The training for the project was organized in 2018 and 2019 in Çorlu, Aksaray, Tokat, Düzce and Bolu provinces. Workplace representatives, women’s committee members, branch directors and approximately 500 people living with their families attended the program. Training and coaching services are provided as part of the project by our training specialists. The training and coaching sessions aim to equip the participants with the skills that will be beneficial in making their work and family lives more harmonious.
Project training courses are going to be completed at the end of February. Also a Work and Family Life Harmonization Booklet is in preparation to be handed out to the social parties when the project is concluded.
ÇASGEM Continues Mentoring Classes Aimed For The Disabled Youth
ÇASGEM has been working to empower the disabled youth with the projects it has undertaken since 2015. Launched in 2017, efforts are being made within the framework of the “My Peer and Mentor Project” to support the disabled youth. Classes are taking place in order for mentoring services to be rendered for the disabled youth. The first class was held with the team leaders performing active duties in Ankara Job Club while the second class was held with work and occupation consultants holding active positions in Sincan, Altındağ, Ostim and Çankaya Service Centers in Ankara.
Subjects in discussion were conduct towards disabled individuals, behaviors that could arise from discrimination, communication with disabled individuals, employment of disabled individuals, mentorship and mentoring for disabled employees. The training was given by the Training Specialist of our Headquarter Kübra Öztürk Sever, during which the difference of a mentor from job coach and consultant and the social and personal skills necessary for the disabled youth to be selected in the workforce market were talked over.
The goal for 2019 is to continue activities to empower disabled individuals and extend such activities to all Job and Vocational Consultants working as employees of İŞKUR and Team Leaders in Job Clubs.
SUDAN DELEGETION IS IN ÇASGEM
In the scope of the Development of the Capacity of Training and Experience Transfer of ÇASGEM in International Area Project (ETAP), Delegation of Sudan Republic which includes 30 people from the managers and the experts of the various Ministries of Sudan has arrived our Center, and “Labour Life and Employment Policies in Turkey” training program has started with the speeches of Head of ÇASGEM, Mr. Abdurrahim Şenocak and Undersecretary of Sudan Embassy, Mr. Mohamed İbrahim Mohamed Elbahi.
Head of our Center dwelled on lifelong learning concept in his speech, and he explained that in the program that will be held for five days, the training would be given on labour relations, employment policies, and employment economy in Turkey. Undersecretary of Sudan Embassy emphasized that the participants in the delegation will use the knowledge that they will receive from the ÇASGEM training in their work-life when they turn back to Sudan. Both Head of our Center and Mr. Undersecretary of Sudan Embassy concluded their speeches with the wishes that the cooperation within the scope of this project will continue in the future.
Within the frame of the training program “Employment Policies and Implementation Principles”, “Occupational Health and Safety Culture and Implementation Principles” and “Adult Training” training programs will be delivered by our experts in our Center. In addition, technical visits will be organized to the relevant institutions and organizations in order to the observation of good practices both in the public and private sector.
As a conclusion, with this training program it is aimed to contribute to the establishment the sustainable cooperation mechanisms, the endorsement of the activities of our country to create labour peace and the decent work conditions all over the world, the development a common conscious in the prevention of work accidents and occupational diseases, the establishment of unity in the working life terminologies, the prevention of the industry investments, the labour force and the facilities that are the main component of development, and through all this it is aimed to contribute to the development and improvement of our stakeholder country Sudan.
More Opportunities for Better Lives
ÇASGEM hosts Basic Labour Market Skills Training of Trainers program of “More Opportunities for Better Lives” Project which is conducted by the cooperation of ILO and our Ministry on 3-7 December 2018.
The trainer team which includes ÇASGEM experts, representatives of NGO and Municipality, will give Basic Labour Market Skills Training to minimum 2.000 Syrians and 1.000 Turkish citizens. Thus, it will be contributed to Syrian Refugees’ and Turkish citizens’ economic and social strengthening and also strengthen the labor market and governance mechanism.
These training programs will be provided to more people with the protocol signed between ILO and ÇASGEM in 2018.