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A joint initiative that targets young unemployed people is training future ICT specialists in Turkey.

Turkey has struggled with high levels of unemployment for many years, particularly among young people, who have a 30 percent unemployment rate. To help combat this issue, a Networker Factory was established in Istanbul, Turkey in March 2006. The Networker Factory delivers ICT instruction and career skills training to approximately 600 young people each year to help them find jobs. The Networker Factory is a timely response to the challenges faced by Turkey and its unemployed young citizens.

This program was launched through a collaborative effort led by the Cisco Networking Academy, Netron Technology,, and the Turkish Informatics Foundation, which provides instructor training. Funding for the project has been largely provided by Netron Technology, and students in the scheme are only expected to pay their tuition fees after they have found jobs. Class sizes are deliberately restricted to a maximum of 15 students, to help ensure that each participant receives highly-personalized attention from instructors.

In addition to the introduction to networking that students receive through their Cisco CCNA training and career seminars led by experienced network engineers, Netron supports skill development in the following areas:

  • Technical English
  • Communication skills in a working environment
  • Presentation skills
  • Preparing a CV and job interviews

Upon graduating from the Networker Factory, participants enter a graduate database hosted by, the leading job portal in Turkey. Graduates also gain access to the country’s online recruitment consultancy, ADKiT, and their CVs are sent to a range of ICT companies and other potential employers. Cisco distributors and partners in Turkey have registered their full support of the project and view Networker Factory graduates as potential employees.

Program applicants must be high school graduates, university students, or graduates with basic English language skills. Potential students submit their applications through, where they are evaluated by ADKiT and other project partners.

To learn more about the Networker Factory, please visit