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Increasing Employment by Integrating Design Skills in Woodworking Project

A design training programme was conducted in Kastamonu by staff members of the METU Department of Industrial Design within the framework of a European Union grant scheme for promoting youth employment, entitled “Increasing employment by integrating design skills in woodworking”. The project was coordinated by Kastamonu University with the partnership of METU MATPUM Center, Kastamonu Handicrafts Training Center and Kastamonu Chamber of Commerce. The programme was conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gülay Hasdoğan and Part-Time Instructor Mustafa Hasdoğan, and involved 90 young trainees residing in Kastamonu. Within the programme of the project, a field trip to Kastamonu was organised for METU ID first year students as part of their summer practice course. A form creation workshop was conducted jointly with Kastamonu trainees and METU ID students, using facilities of the Kastamonu Handicrafts Training Center. Within the further stages of the project, field trips were organised to certain districts in Kastamonu such as Cide, İnebolu, Tosya and Daday, and products were developed characterising these districts. The outcomes of the project were exhibited in these districts and in Kastamonu. 


The project took its place within 16 examples of “best practice” among 127 projects, which were implemented in 43 provinces in Turkey between the period of 2010-2011. It was among the 3 projects which were presented in “Promoting Youth Employment Conference” held in Rixos Hotel Ankara in 12 September 2012.