The vocational training program “First Step” is successfully concluded. More than 300 people from Third Countries (TCN) – refugees, asylum seekers and migrants – took part in the program aimed to facilitate their integration in the labor market in Cyprus.

The duration of the project was18 months: started on February 1st, 2019 and concluded in September 2020.

The training courses included two phases: Phase A’ (36 hours) training on Employment Policies and Legislation, Soft Skills Development and Professional Development Skills.

Whilst Phase B’ was 120 hours and included vocational training courses on a specific profession: Food safety and Health, Basic Customer Service and Sales Principles, Logistics, Hotel and Leisure Management, Basic Accounting principles/ Cash till). Supplementary English lessons (21 hours) facilitated the participation of TCNs in the two training phases.

The project awarded a scholarship at the European University Cyprus to Widad Al Banna, a recognized refugee from Palestine.

Visit our website and watch our video of TCNs and educators’ experiences! http://www.firststep.com.cy/gallery/video/

“First Step” is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Republic of Cyprus. It’ s a pilot project implemented for the first time in Cyprus and will serve as best practice for similar projects in the near future and namely during the new Multiannual Program of the AMIF (2021 – 2027).

More information:

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In a crowded room with refugees and asylum seekers, the graduation ceremony of Phase A’ of “First Step” Vocational Education and Training program was held on Tuesday, February 11, at the Cultural Centre of the European University of Cyprus.

The program aims to integrate TCN nationals legally residing in Cyprus by acquiring basic skills and knowledge for rapid job search in Cyprus. “First Step is on a pilot project phase and it is co-financed by the European Asylum Fund for Immigration and Integration (90%) and the Republic of Cyprus (10%).Priority needs and performance assessments are given to beneficiaries of international protection (refugees and subsidiaries) as well as asylum seekers.

The pilot program named “First Step” is being implemented for the first time in Cyprus in a period of increased refugee flows and seeks to facilitate integration by matching skills with the needs in the Cypriot labor market.

First Step Coordinator Nadia Karayianni, in a report on the progress of the program, stated at the event that during September 2019 – January 2020, a total of 328 beneficiaries participated in Phase A’ of the training, which included 36 hours of general training. Out of these, 268 have successfully completed the exams, and now Phase B’ will focus on the vocational training in various fields of work, such as Accounting, Customer Service and Sales Principles, Hotel and Leisure Management and Healthy Food. Phase B’, which it is expected to be completed by the summer, focuses on areas where trainees will be employable.

Addressing the participants, Konstantinos Kyprianou, Head of the European Funds Unit at the Ministry of the Interior, welcomed the implementation of the program, stressing its special importance in the integration process. He also noted that the Cypriot government intends in the coming years to implement the program on a more extensive basis and looks forward, through its pilot operation “First Step”, to evaluate the data, difficulties and opportunities that might arise in order to continually improve it.

During the ceremony, certificates were awarded to successful participants, in a celebratory atmosphere that also included the presentation of an cultural program by refugee musicians, dancers and poets asylum. Michael Nwandoh, from Cameroon, wrote a poem calling on the participants: <<Make our teachers and Cyprus proud, and today’s day be recorded as a special one>>. Cameroonian artist Da Viny sang in contemporary rhythms and Guinean Saanu Douaya danced Hip – hop. Drummer Ibrahim Kamara from Cambia presented his own heritage with unique sounds from Africa. Master of ceremony was Rema Beshtawy, who sent her own message of integration and acceptance into Cypriot society.

Program tutor Anna Xynisteris congratulated all attendees as well as the trainers on their success, highlighting the positivity they showed to overcome difficulties and gain basic knowledge. Some refugees and asylum seekers students also talked about their experiences and impressions of joining “First Step”. In particular, they expressed their gratitude and joy for the opportunity to learn, but also their willingness to find work to make their lives confident and dignified.

Singing, dancing, live music and poetry and finally a reception with DJ Claudio’s music ended an amazing night at the European University, which is the academic partner of the program.

More information:
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Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Cyprus deserve a better life

Vocational training – a crucial step for integration in the Cyprus society

“First Step” Vocational Training Program for Third Country Nationals organizes the Graduation Ceremony for the successful completion of the First Stage of the project.

The event will take place on the 11th of February, 2020 | time 6.00 – 8.00 pm at the European University Cyprus – Cultural Center.

The ceremony includes a welcome speech by Ms Nadia Karayianni (Project Manager) and introductory remarks by the head of the European Fund Unit, Mr Constantinos Kyprianou.

The graduation ceremony will follow. Around 300 TCNs, especially refugees and asylum seekers, have successfully completed the First Stage of the vocational training program.

According to the criteria of the project, around 100 of them will continue to the Second Stage for advanced training in specific occupations.

During the event, graduates will share their experiences and expectations on their prospects of getting a job.

A cultural performance by Refugees and Asylum Seekers participants will follow.

Master of the Ceremony will be Rema Beshtawy, Asylum seeker from Syria and participant in the project.

The “First Step” program is co-funded by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Cyprus Republic.

More information:

22875561-3 | 99024901 | email [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firststepcy/
Venue:  https://g.page/EuropeanUniversityCyprus?share

 

‘’First Step’’, the vocational training program for Third Country Nationals, organizes a Graduation Ceremony for the successful completion of Stage A of the program. Stage A was implemented in the period between September 2019 and February 2020, in Nicosia, Limassol, Pafos and in Kofinou. The program aims to facilitate quick and effective access of refugees and asylum seekers to the labor market. Together, we will celebrate the success of the “ FIRST STEP “ program, which was implemented in Cyprus for the first time.

“FIRST STEP” congratulates the candidates for taking a major step in their careers.

The ceremony will include:

  • Welcome speech by the Project Manager
  • Introductory remarks by Constantinos Kyprianou ,AMIF European Fund Unit
  • Cultural Performance by participant Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Cocktail Reception and Distribution of Certificates to the trainees

The ceremony will take place on the 11th of February, 2020

European University – Cultural Center | Nicosia – CYPRUS

Time 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Hope to see you there

 

More information:

22875561-3 | 99024901 | email [email protected]
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firststepcy/
Venue:  https://g.page/EuropeanUniversityCyprus?share

For registration click here

 

 

English lessons

The supplementary English lessons aim at facilitating participation in the two training phases of the FIRST STEP programme.

The English Lessons duration will be 5 days long and 3 to 4 hours per day accordingly, with one coffee break per day.

DATES TIME TIME
11-11-19 Monday 9:00-13:15
14-11-19 Thursday 9:00-12:15
15-11-19 Friday 9:00-12:15
18-11-19 Monday 9:00-13:15
21-11-19 Thursday 9:00-13:15

Koorsooyinka  A – Koorsooyinka Tababbarka ,
FARIIN –Lulyo 2019 illaa Janaayo 2020

Waxaan ku faraxsan nahay inaan shaaca ka qaadno in koorsooyinka tababarka “Wejiga Koowaad” ee Koorsooyinka A ee Tababbarka ee PAPHOS ay bilaaban doonaan 3-da Diseembar
Kuwa diiwaangashan iyo kuwa la xushay waxaa lagu ogeysiin doonaa emayl, Wadahadal Teleefoon iyo fariin qoraal ah.
Wajiga A ‘waxaa ku jira tababar ku saabsan:
Shuruucda Shaqada iyo Sharciga
Horumarinta xirfadaha jilicsan (tusaale, isgaarsiinta, abaabulka, wadashaqeynta)
Xirfadaha Horumarinta Xirfadeed (tusaale ahaan, wareysiga shaqada, Dhismaha CV, Aqoonsiga Fursadaha Shaqaalaynta)
Dhammaan kaqeybgalayaashu waxay heli doonaan shahaadada dhammaystirka tababarka “Wajiga Koowaad” Wejiga A ‘.
Muddada Barnaamijka Tababarka Wajiga A waa: 6 maalmood dheer iyo 6 saacadood maalin kasta.
Ka feejignow in ka-qeybgalka Wajiga A ‘uu yahay mid qasab ah oo muhiim ah kor u qaadista xirfadaha isla markaana aad ku hesho fursado wanaagsan oo shaqo lagu helo.
Kaqeybgaleyaasha si guul leh u dhammayn doona Wajiga A ‘, ayaa usii gudbi doona Wajiga B’ koorsooyinka tababbarka xirfadeed ee gaarka ah.
Hoos waxaad ka arki kartaa macluumaad dheeri ah oo ku saabsan goobta iyo gaadiidka.
Koorsooyinka Tababbarka ee Paphos
Tababarrada Paphos Macluumaadka Goobta:
Goobta: Xarunta Macluumaadka Dhallinyarda (YIC) ee Golaha Dhalinyarada ee Qubrus- Paphos.
Cinwaanka: Apostolou Pavlou iyo Corner  Gladstones, 8046, Paphos
QARIIRADA:
* Guji qariirada si aad u aragto meesha ama xiriirinta soo socota https://goo.gl/maps/bDQF4N4FvfRjXTKx6

 

تموز2019 حتى كانون الثاني 2020

يسرنا أن نعلمكم أن “الخطوة الأولى” مرحلة التدريب أ ستبدأ في بداية شهر كانون الأول و ستكمل كذلك في شهر كانون الثاني.

المسجلين في البرنامج سيتم اخبارهم عبر الايميل , الموبايل , الرسالة النصية

المرحلة أ تتضمن التدريب على :

سياسات وتشريعات العمل

تنمية المهارات اللينة (تواصل-تنظيم- مهارات العمل الجماعي)

تطوير مهارات التخصص (مقابلة العمل-كتابة السيرة الذاتية- تحديد فرص العمل)

كل المتدربون سيحصلون على شهادة من “الخطوة الأولى” عند اكمال مرحلة التدريب أ.

مدة مرحلة التدريب أ هي : 6 أيام و 6 ساعات في كل يوم . انتبه الى أن التدريب في المرحلة أ هي اجبارية و مهمة لتطوير المهارات و اكتساب فرص أفضل لايجاد عمل .

المتدربون الذين يكملون بنجاح مرحلة التدريب أ , سينتقلون الى المرحلة ب لدورات تدريبية مهنية محددة .

أدناه يمكنك ايجاد معلومات أكثر عن المكان و المواصلات.

الدورات التدريبية في بافوس:

 Youth Information Center (YIC)of the Youth Board of Cyprus- Paphosالمكان

. Apostolou Pavlou and Gladstones Corner ,8046, Paphosالعنوان

الموقع أدناه يحتوي على مكان الدورات

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https://goo.gl/maps/bDQF4N4FvfRjXTKx6

Group 13

3/12/2019 الثلاثاء 09:00 – 15:45
4/12/2019 الأربعاء 09:00 – 15:45
11/12/2019 الأربعاء 09:00 – 15:45
17/12/2019 لثلاثاء 09:00 – 15:45
18/12/2019 الأربعاء 09:00 – 15:45
20/12/2019 الجمعة 09:00 – 15:45

Group 15

14/1/2020 لثلاثاء 09:00 – 15:45
15/1/2020 الأربعاء 09:00 – 15:45
16/1/2020 الخميس 09:00 – 15:45
22/1/2020 الأربعاء 09:00 – 15:45
23/1/2020 الخميس 09:00 – 15:45
31/1/2020 الجمعة 09:00 – 15:45

We are pleased to announce that the “First Step” Phase A’ Training courses in PAPHOS will start in 3th of December

Those registered and selected will be informed via Email, Telephone Conversation and Text message .

Phase A’ includes training on:

  1. Employment Policies and Legislation
  2. Soft skills Development (e.g. communication, organization, teamwork)
  3. Professional Development Skills (e.g. job interview, CV Building ,Employment Opportunities Identification)

All participants will get a certificate of completing the training of “FIRST STEP” Phase A’.

The Phase A’ Training Programme duration is: 6 days long and 6 hours per day.

BE AWARE that the participation in Phase A’ is compulsory and important to upgrade skills and gain better chances to find job.

Participants who will successfully complete Phase A’ , will proceed to Phase B’ for specific vocational training courses .

Below you can see more information about the venue and transportation.

Training Courses in Paphos

Paphos Trainings Location information:

Venue: Youth Information Center (YIC)of the Youth Board of Cyprus- Paphos
Address: Apostolou Pavlou and Gladstones Corner ,8046, Paphos

Group 13

DATES TIME TIME
03-12-19 Tuesday 9:00-15:45
04-12-19 Wednesday 9:00-15:45
11-12-19 Wednesday 9:00-15:45
17-12-19 Tuesday 9:00-15:45
18-12-19 Wednesday 9:00-15:45
20-12-19 Friday 9:00-15:45

Group 15

DATES TIME TIME
14-01-20 Tuesday 9:00-15:45
15-01-20 Wednesday 9:00-15:45
16-01-20 Thursday 9:00-15:45
22-01-20 Wednesday 9:00-15:45
23-01-20 Thursday 9:00-15:45
31-01-20 Friday 9:00-15:45

The supplementary English lessons aim at facilitating participation in the two training phases of the FIRST STEP programme.

The English lessons duration will be 6 days long and 3,5 hours per day, with 1 coffee break per day.

Kofinou Trainings Location information:

All lessons will take place at Kofinou Reception and Accommodation Center for Applicants for International Protection, at the Common Room – Yellow Street.

DATES TIME TIME
15-10-19 Tuesday 9:00-12:30
18-10-19 Friday 9:00-12:30
22-10-19 Tuesday 9:00-12:30
25-10-19 Friday 9:00-12:30
29-10-19 Tuesday 9:00-12:30
01-11-19 Friday 9:00-12:30

We are pleased to inform you that “FIRST STEP” Phase A’ Training courses will start in November.

The register will be informed via Email, Telephone Conversation and Text message .

Phase A’ includes training on:

  1. Employment Policies and Legislation
  2. Soft skills Development (e.g. communication, organization, teamwork)
  3. Professional Development Skills (e.g. job interview, CV Building ,Employment Opportunities Identification)

All participants will get a certificate of completing the training of “FIRST STEP” Phase A’.

The Phase A’ Training Programme duration is: 6 days long and 6 hours per day. BE AWARE that the participation in Phase A’ is compulsory and important to upgrade skills and gain better chances to find job.

Participants who will successfully complete Phase A’ , will proceed to Phase B’ for specific vocational training courses .

Below you can see more information about the venue:

Training Course in Kofinou

Kofinou Trainings Location information:

All lessons will take place at Kofinou Reception and Accommodation Center for Applicants for International Protection, at the Common Room – Yellow Stree

For questions contact: 99024901  or 22505555

We are pleased to announce that the “First Step” Phase A’ Training courses in Limassol will start in 8th of October

Those registered and selected will be informed via Email, Telephone Conversation and Text message .

Phase A’ includes training on:

  1. Employment Policies and Legislation
  2. Soft skills Development (e.g. communication, organization, teamwork)
  3. Professional Development Skills (e.g. job interview, CV Building ,Employment Opportunities Identification)

All participants will get a certificate of completing the training of “FIRST STEP” Phase A’.

The Phase A’ Training Programme duration is: 6 days long and 6 hours per day.

BE AWARE that the participation in Phase A’ is compulsory and important to upgrade skills and gain better chances to find job.

Participants who will successfully complete Phase A’ , will proceed to Phase B’ for specific vocational training courses .

Below you can see more information about the venue and transportation.

Training Courses in Limassol

Larnaka Trainings Location information:

Venue: Cyprus College Limassol Archbishop Makarios III 56 , Limassol Cyprus Limassol CY 3065,

Room No: 002 (next to the cafeteria)

DATES TIME ROOM
08-10-19 09:00 – 15:45 002
09-10-19 09:00 – 15:45 002
10-10-19 09:00 – 15:45 002
15-10-19 09:00 – 15:45 002
16-10-19 09:00 – 15:45 002
17-10-19 09:00 – 15:45 002

المسجلين في البرنامج سيتم اخبارهم عبر الايميل , الموبايل , الرسالة النصية

المرحلة أ تتضمن التدريب على :

سياسات وتشريعات العمل

تنمية المهارات اللينة (تواصل-تنظيم- مهارات العمل الجماعي)

تطوير مهارات التخصص (مقابلة العمل-كتابة السيرة الذاتية- تحديد فرص العمل)

كل المتدربون سيحصلون على شهادة من “الخطوة الأولى” عند اكمال مرحلة التدريب أ.

مدة مرحلة التدريب أ هي : 6 أيام و 6 ساعات في كل يوم . انتبه الى أن التدريب في المرحلة أ هي اجبارية و مهمة لتطوير المهارات و اكتساب فرص أفضل لايجاد عمل .

المتدربون الذين يكملون بنجاح مرحلة التدريب أ , سينتقلون الى المرحلة ب لدورات تدريبية مهنية محددة .

أدناه يمكنك ايجاد معلومات أكثر عن المكان و المواصلات.

ستكون الدورات التدريبية في لارنكا:

 المكانCyprus College Limassol, Archbishop Makarios III 56, Limassol Cyprus Limassol CY 3065,

رقم الصف002 (next to the cafeteria)

الخريطة:

https://maps.app.goo.gl/K4ekJqWVuRCzpQyn6

لمعلومات أكثر زوروا رابط موقع المشروعhttp://www.firststep.com.cy/training-courses/#toggle-id-1

تواصل معنا على الرقم 22505555 .

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