Graduated from Istanbul Bilgi University Department of Sociology, Selen Gülgün has begun her career in NGOs as an intern in TEMA (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats) and has decided to further develop herself in project management. She is currently working as Project Assistant in Kodluyoruz Foundation to develop new projects and assist in managing the existing ones.
With the Industry 4.0, the importance of computer sciences and ICT has increased drastically. According to the current estimates, 5 million people will be unemployed as computers will account for their workforce. On the other hand, there will be 2.1 million openings in the job market. Although Turkey has many students studying in computer related fields, there is a 42.5% of talent discrepancy (SASAM, 2015). Due to the lack of sector-education collaboration and public workforce plans to determine the needs of the industry, this talent discrepancy keeps growing. So although there are available jobs, the graduates are not qualified enough to be employed, that’s one of the reasons why Turkey has the highest amount of youth unemployment (age 15-29) by 30%. This situation not only affects the individual and the country’s financial standing but also the individual’s wellbeing, especially in the socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, who does not have access to paid resources to further develop themselves to be able to compete in the market.
Our presentation will elaborate on the risks of the target group, which named as NEET (Nor in Education, Employment or Training), and how Kodluyoruz proposes a solution as a grassroot organization.