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Cross-community exchange scheme gets underway

The Cross-Community Exchange Internship programme, which was approved by the two Cypriot leaders as part of the confidence building measures has been officially announced.

A statement from the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce said the scheme was designed for those aged between 20-35. A Greek Cypriot unemployed graduate seek work experience in the Turkish Cypriot community, or a business/organisation interested in hosting Turkish Cypriot/s for a three-month internship without any cost would be eligible.

The scheme comes within the framework of the project “Leading by Example”, co-funded by the European Union under the “Cypriot Civil Society in Action IV” programme.

It aims to benefit 12 Greek Cypriot interns, 12 Turkish Cypriot interns and a maximum of 24 companies/organisations in both communities over the period September 2015 to April 2016, with a three-month duration and a monthly allowance of €500.

“This internship programme  aims to give young Cypriots an outstanding work experience within the other community, gaining valuable professional skills towards their subsequent working lives while mastering the working and cultural environment in the other community,” the joint statement said.

Applications will be accepted until September 4, 2015. The internships will be wholly funded by the project at no cost to the company/organisation which will be hosting the Intern(s).

Interested young people and employers are requested to complete the relevant application forms found on the CCCI website and submit them electronically by  September 4, 2015 at the email: [email protected].

For more information please contact Mrs Demetra Palaonda or Mrs Georgia Venizelou at the CCCI (tel.  22889840, [email protected]).



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