The European University of Cyprus welcomed the first trainee refugees and asylum seekers for vocational training looking for swift integration into the labour market

The pioneering “First Step” program for the professional training of refugees and asylum seekers to join the Cypriot labour market welcomed the first trainees on Thursday, June 20, at the premises of the European University of Cyprus.

The launch of the courses was introduced in an atmosphere of enthusiasm on the part of both teachers and beneficiaries who undertook the first lesson (Phase A’) of general training for developing their soft skills.

The First Step program is the first of its kind in Cyprus and aims to provide training for beneficiaries of international protection and asylum seekers in order to find work and achieve their true integration into the host society. It is co-funded by the European Migration and Integration and Asylum Fund and the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry responsible for immigration and integration of TCNs (third-country nationals).

“First Step” aims at developing soft skills for 300 trainees as ell as specialised vocational training for 100 distinguished candidates. Beneficiaries will be trained in sectors based on their needs and potential availability of jobs in the Cypriot economy for swift access to the labour market.

The ultimate objective is to support refugees and asylum seekers to develop further basic social, working and linguistic skills in order to contribute to the economic development of the country through their active participation in the labour market.

The “First Step” coordination team is currently planning the formation of the remaining class groups and planning of training at regular intervals in all provinces of Cyprus, in order to facilitate participation in the outmost potential.

Parallel to the above, registration continues so that more beneficiaries of international protection and asylum seekers can be included and evaluated; we would like to satisfy as many needs as possible at this phase but also with an eye in the future.

  • For more information and registration, you can find us via

Website www.firststep.com.cy
E-mail address [email protected] or call us at 22875561-3 / 99-024901