Forty young professionals from both communities placed as inters in companies in the other community

Twenty Turkish Cypriot and twenty Greek Cypriot young unemployed people had the opportunity to work as interns in a total of 31 companies and organisations in the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities, in the framework of the Bi-communal Cross-Community Exchange Internship Programme implemented by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.

The closing event of the programme, wholly funded by the Leading by Example project, was held today at the Home for Cooperation located in Nicosia buffer zone.

The project was initiated May 2015 and concluded June 2017. It included successful placement of 20 Greek Cypriot and 20 Turkish Cypriot young professionals to internship posts.

Its objective was to give young Cypriots between 20-35 years of age, work experience within the other community and thus helping them to gain valuable professional skills towards their subsequent working lives and at the same time master the working and cultural environment in the other community.

The closing event was held at the presence of participant young professionals and representatives of participant companies/organisations.

Good news is that in a number of cases the companies decided to either extend the internship period on their own expense and we also had a couple of cases where they offered permanent employment to the interns CCCI Senior Manager Leonidas Paschalides noted in his address.

I think we have proved that we can do it together and that if everybody thinks like this a solution can work he added.

He also noted that we need to thank the European Commission because if it wasn’t for them the project which they have financed it would not have been possible to do the activities, including the internships.

From her part, Head of EU programme to support civil society in the Turkish Cypriot community, Charlotte Goyon, pointed out that this internship programme has been a wonderful opportunity for young people from the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities, to gain experience working in the other community.

This internship fostered understanding and facilitated to increase business opportunities across the green line, she noted, adding that this is also an important way in which young people can contribute to the business sectors of their respective communities.

Charlotte Goyon also stressed that the European Commission has been delighted to support this project and congratulated the two chambers to have set an example of constructive cooperation and interaction and contribute to creating the positive environment for a comprehensive solution.

Source: Cyprus News Agency