Young unemployed Cypriot professionals and companies are showing keen interest to a call inviting them to apply for an EU co-funded internship exchange program, led by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and the Turkish Cypriot chamber of commerce (KTTO), according to CCCI’s Senior Director, Leonidas Paschalides.
As he has told CNA, 20 young Greek Cypriots have applied to this project ahead of the deadline on 4 September. The project ‘Leading by Example’ is co-funded by the European Union under the Cypriot Civil Society in Action IV program.
According to an announcement by the CCCI, the initiative is launching a Cross-Community Exchange Internship Program, with 24 internship placements – 12 places for each community for a period of three months between September 2015 and April 2016 with a monthly allowance of €500 from the project. Companies or organisations offering internship placements will not bear any of the costs of the initiative, Paschalides explained. A number of 20 companies and organisations have also applied to participate in this project. This is a first for Cyprus, he noted, as no similar action has been taken previously.
The sectors of employment are not restricted, he said, adding that after the completion of the applications process, a matching procedure will be held which will be completed by the end of September.
Both chambers will then announce the internship placements at a joint press conference.
The initiative aims to enhance trust, dialogue and reconciliation between the two communities by offering interns work experience within the other community, which will allow them to not only gain professional skills in their field, but also an idea of the cultural environment of the other side, giving them the chance to experience real life challenges faced by their counterparts in their everyday working lives. Submission of applications started on 15 May, 2015.