Vocational training

The Republic of Cyprus currently implements vocational training programmes for specialised manual labour (welding, plumbing, automation, car repairs and others) through the Cyprus Productivity Centre. The vocational training programmes provided by the state are also open to recognised refugees. The training programmes are held in Greek. However, vocational training in English is sometimes provided through local municipalities and NGOs.

Technical Vocational Training (TVT) offers accelerated initial training and continuing training for technical personnel in industry and technical advice to businesses for solving specific problems. Training programs are organised in specially equipped laboratories in Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca by qualified instructors. Training Programs are offered in the following vocations: mechanical installations, machining, welding, plumbing, central heating and hydraulics, facility maintenance, building construction, carpentry and cabinetmaking, car mechanics, electrical installations, design and production of clothes, telecommunications (mobile telephony), automation, car body repairing, refrigeration and air conditioning and constructions with aluminium. You can learn more by visiting the Cyprus Productivity Centre website.

HelpRefugeesWork Online Platform

HelpRefugeesWork is an online platform that brings motivated job-seeking refugees into contact with employers and training providers in Cyprus. HelpRefugeesWork is an initiative of the UNHCR Office in Cyprus, in collaboration with the Cyprus Refugee Council.

All services provided by HelpRefugeesWork are free of charge.

The Municipality of Aglandzia (Nicosia) is currently offering free computer classes. Refugees and asylum-seekers residing in Cyprus are eligible to register.

For more information click here.

Lighthouse is a project that aims to establish an innovative model and tools for supporting lifelong learning and career paths for migrants by tailored counselling and recognition of prior learning to improve skills, employability and mobility.

For more information, click here.

Digital Inclusion is a project that focuses on the design and implementation of digital tools to Adult Education Providers who train new migrants and refugees in order to improve their skills for inclusion.

For more information, click here.