PUBLICATION: How the Private Sector Develops Skills - Lessons from Turkey

South-South Global Thinkers Team • 18 May 2018
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Publication shared by Gokhan Dikmener, UNDP


This study on the private sector’s role in skills development has been coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD).


This research was structured around two main goals in order to gather a more comprehensive picture of how the private sector can contribute to skills development.


Two main goals as follows:

  1. The first goal entailed increasing academic awareness of and interest in the topic while establishing the basis for further research and case analysis.
  2. The second goal was to understand the lessons learned in different private sector–led and public-private partnership models in order to improve the results of multi-stakeholder partnerships with the private sector.

As a result, successful practices can be replicated at local, national and international levels, and
disadvantaged groups can acquire the necessary skills to participate in the value chains. Learning how to work with the private sector is key for effective skills generation and in turn sustainable growth. 
In order to conduct the research, the Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) held consultations with academics and experts on designing and conducting research into the private sector’s role in skills development. The consultations provided inputs for clarifying the scope of the research. While the study focuses on both private sector–led and PPP models of skills generation, engagement of the businesses in skills and training services offered by the public authorities is more widespread in Turkey than programmes under private sector leadership. Thus, most of the case examples given here include strong linkages with the formal education.


The study also includes the analysis of partnerships of the business community with academia and civil society organizations for improved results in skills development.


Please see below report and executive summary for more information.

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