EU provides printing workshop for Atatürk Vocational School
26.03.2012 On Friday 9th March, the Atatürk Vocational School inaugurated its new printing workshop, financed through the EU Financial Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.
The event drew interest from the printing sector business community as well as chambers of commerce and education bodies. Alessandra Viezzer from the European Commission, Niyazi Şafakoğulları from Atatürk Vocational School and Resat Kansoy from the Kansoy Printing Office highlighted the potential of the printing sector for the economy in the northern part of Cyprus and the importance to train skilled labour force in this sector.
The EU funding of 137.000 EUR for the purchase of offset printing equipment has made a real contribution to the printing sector of the northern part of Cyprus. Printing is an important sector for the Turkish Cypriot community, with over 50 printing offices, requiring qualified labour force. Now, with the new printing workshop, the Atatürk Vocational School is able to provide high quality training, and its graduates will enter the labour market better equipped for their professional careers.
The EU puts strong emphasis on vocational education and lifelong learning by providing technical assistance to the sector (the VETLAM project) ando by supporting vocational schools under the grant scheme “Schools’ Initiative for Education and Change”.