Despite the employment problems around the world, the government has kept its promise and provided employment to 1 million youngsters. Through SMEs, 3 million jobs will be offered to youngsters in the next three years. The Turkish Employment Organization has also broken a record and exceeded its target targeted number of 850,000 employed people. Within the first 11 months of the year, it employed 950,000 people. While the need of employers for qualified personnel was covered, placement increased by 45 percent compared to the previous year.
The government plans to reduce the unemployment rate to 5 percent in 2023 and decrease the unemployment of young people as well. Those who receive social aid will be provided with job consultancy service and 25 percent of that training will be conducted in one year. Furthermore, job opportunities for more than 1 million young people will be created each year.
The government's agenda in 2016 is all about employment. The Turkish Employment Organization is going to extend its scope and activate jobs that are open, further arranging programs that will increase basic and professional capacities. Within the next two years, the employment capacity will increased by 2 million and employee premiums will be lowered along with various other employment incentives. Part-time jobs will be promoted and more people will be recruited through the İŞKUR's employer pool.
Young entrepreneurs will also be supported within the scope of SMEs, which are considered to be the locomotive of Turkey's exports. SMEs plan to employ 3 million people until 2018 and the government will provide easier access to exporters in the international market.
İŞKUR will also offer income opportunities to university students and offer job opportunities in all cities from Hakkari to Edirne. While university students will earn around TL 1,000, they will also gain experience. Also, the scholarships or education loans of these students attending the program will not be cut and general health insurance premiums will be covered by the government.
In order to see a higher participation rate in the overall employment rate, employment agencies will be restructured and categorized by profession. In so doing, the chances of recruiting suitable candidates will increase and part-time and contract workers will be registered.
İŞKUR serves municipalities at 4,000 points, Social Solidarity Associations and district governorates and those looking for work can register with the institution via their smart phones, tablets and PCs. The institution also supports young people who are making their career plans through consultancy services at job fairs arranged at schools. Furthermore, as of June, major service points have been established at ports for those looking for jobs in the marine sector, including cities such as Istanbul, İzmir, Mersin, Antalya, Samsun and Trabzon. Young people seeking employment in the marine sector can directly apply at the designated points or benefit from the active work power program.