Strengthening Institutional Capacity of Penal Institutions Personnel Training Centers (SICTC) EU Twinning Project was completed with the closing ceremony held on 17 March 2022. At the closing ceremony held with the participation of the Deputy Minister of Justice, the representatives of the European Union Delegation to Turkey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of European Union, the Central Finance and Contracts Unit, the Ministry of Justice and the General Directorate were also present.
EU Twinning Project, developed in line with the main objectives of increasing the institutional capacity of the training centers that carry out personnel training activities under the coordination of the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses, increasing the quality standards of the training programs and contributing to the development of the educational qualifications of the lecturers working in the training centers, had been officially initiated in September 2019. The project with a budget of 2 million euros, undertaken by the Finnish and Estonian consortium, was planned to be completed in 24 months. However, due to the temporary suspension of project activities during the Covid-19, the project, which took an additional 6-month extension period to be effective from October 2021, was completed in 30 months.
The project was designed under two components. While Component I was aiming at “Supporting the Development of a Well-Structured and Standardized Education System”, Component II aimed to support the “Development of the Human Resources Management System of Personnel Training Centers“. The focus of the activities planned under Component I was “raising the service standards of penitentiary staff for convicts and detainees and establishing a well-structured standardized training system to ensure the same quality of training in five personnel training centres”. Activities under Component II, as supplementary, aimed to “develop an effective human resources management system with qualified lecturers/trainers and staff in training centers”.
The project activities were carried out in the form of meetings, interviews, workshops, meetings attended by short term experts from Finland and Estonia personnel training systems, personnel from the Personnel Training Department of General Directorate, managers and lecturers from personnel training centers, staff from prisons and probation directorates, and also academicians from universities.