News Local Refugees, asylum seekers, migrants get vocational training

Refugees, asylum seekers, migrants get vocational training

The vocational training program “First Step” has been successfully completed with more than 300 people from third countries – refugees, asylum seekers and migrants – taking part, a press release said on Wednesday.

The program aimed at facilitating their integration in the labour market in Cyprus, and its duration was 18 months. It started on February 1, 2019 and concluded in September 2020.

The training courses included two phases and the first one included training on employment policies and legislation, soft skills development and professional development skills.

The second phase included vocational training courses on a specific profession: food safety and health, basic customer service and sales principles, logistics, hotel and leisure management, and basic accounting principles/cash till.

Supplementary English language lessons facilitated the participation of the participants in the two training phases.

The project awarded a scholarship to Widad Al Banna, a recognized refugee from Palestine, at the European University of Cyprus.

Those interested may visit the website and watch the video of participants and educators’ experiences at

“First Step” is co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the Republic of Cyprus.

It’s a pilot project implemented for the first time in Cyprus and will serve as best practice for similar projects in the near future and namely during the new Multi-lingual Program of the AMIF (2021 – 2027).


Top Stories

Greek PM: Observing covid measures vigilantly can prevent new lockdown

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis issued a renewed call to the Greek public to observe health measures against the dispersion of the novel coronavirus, in...

Nine new coronavirus cases detected out of 2,893 tests

The Ministry of Health has announced that 9 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected in Cyprus over the past 24 hours out...

People must observe health protocols, Minister of Health stresses

Minister of Health, Constantinos Ioannou, said on Thursday that the goal is not to impose strict measures but rather to make people understand that...

Staff object to use of Famagusta Hospital as Reference Hospital

Doctors and nurses of the Famagusta General Hospital are up in arms about the continued use of it as the island's Reference Hospital for...

Papadouris sues Auditor General

Former Commissioner for Mountain Communities Giannakis Papadouris filed a lawsuit against Cyprus' Auditor General Odysseas Michailides, through the Christos Pourgourides & Sia law firm. As...



Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...


Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...