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Applying our sustainable development approach for social development

First Chance Program

36% of Turkey’s university graduates are currently unemployed. They are more likely to remain unemployed for 6 months or longer compared to primary and high school graduates. If they graduate from one of the many ‘second tier’ state universities, they are even less likely to be employed. In other words, Turkey faces a great loss on the investment young people and society make in pursuing higher education.

İlk Fırsat (First Chance) program supports employment of new university graduates in full time positions for 12 months in NGOs. Esas Sosyal covers all costs related to their employment by making a grant to the NGO. Participants also benefit from the First Chance Academy which consists of a speaker series, soft skills training and mentorship support. The academy program is designed to be in line with 21st Century Skills Framework of the World Economic Forum.

To date, 95 youth who completed the Program in 22 NGOs have transitioned successfully to their new jobs. Participants who complete the Program join the First Chance Alumni Group and continue to network, stay in touch and take part in activities of Esas Sosyal.

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English Chance Program, realized with the support of Hayırlı Sabancı, provides English language education to 150 students from lesser known state universities which are less favored by employers.

Participants will receive 3 courses in online classes during 12 months, obtaining at least an Intermediate level of English. Participants will also be trained in MS Office programs, English CV preparation, career management and English interview skills. Financed by Esas Holding, English Chance Program is implemented with the services of E-bursum in application and selection; and Berlitz in course preparation and implementation processes.

Participants who successfully complete the 3 courses will receive a certificate of achievement from Berlitz, as well as a signed certificate from Hayırlı Sabancı and Emine Sabancı Kamışlı.