WYG wins £6.5m EuropeAid deal for Turkish social inclusion project

WYG chief executive Paul Hamer
WYG chief executive Paul Hamer
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WYG has won a multi-million pound contract to advise the Turkish government on social inclusion.

The two-year deal, which is worth €8.8m (£6.5m) to WYG, was awarded by EuropeAid and will see the consultancy and its partners provide technical assistance to the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies.

EuropeAid is the European Commission (EC) organisation that supports countries outside the European Union (EU) who may become future members.

Leeds-based consultancy WYG is lead partner in the consortium, which includes Project Group, Archidata, Archidata International, A.N.F.E. Delegazione Regionale Sicilia and the National Agency for Roma.

Under the contract, the group will provide technical assistance to a major social inclusion programme focused on densely Roma populated areas of Turkey, primarily by “facilitating their entry into the formal labour market”.

It builds on the work recently done with the Union of Municipalities in Turkey, providing technical assistance to “increase the employability of disadvantaged persons”.

The project will be piloted in 12 provinces in Turkey and will be WYG’s first project with the Ministry of Family and Social Policies.

It is also the first project implemented in Turkey that aims to support Roma communities.

Paul Hamer, chief executive at WYG, said: “As we reported in June, the delay in agreeing the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 had a significant impact on our order book in Turkey during 2014.

“However, bidding activity during the first six months of this year was at an unprecedented level and we are delighted to have secured what we expect will be the first of a number of major projects over the coming months.

“We hope to build on the strong relationships we have with our consortium partners to expand our services in these important fields leading to continued growth in Turkey.”