3 New National Occupational Standards Published

TheImproving National Vocational Standards for Food Sector in Turkey” Project, funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and implemented by ANKON Consulting, has been successfully completed and three National Occupational Standards that have been prepared by  TAB-GIDA came into force recently.

As published in the Official Gazette dated 30/09/2020 with nr: 31260, the total number of National Occupational Standards has reached 857, counting the National Occupational Standards in the Tourism, Accommodation, and also Food and Beverage Services sectors. Click to reach all published national occupational standards.

Fast Food Staff (Level 3)

Fast Food Supervisor (Level 4)

Fast Food Manager (Level 5)

Balparmak Beekeeping Academy Project Wins the Felis Awards

Balparmak Beekeeping Academy Project, funded by EBRD and implemented by ANKON Consulting, won 3 Felis Awards in the “Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department – Other Social Issues Category” together with an achievement award in the “PR Department – Sustainability Management Category”.

“Support for Sustainable Beekeeping Practices and Inclusion of Beekeepers in the Muğla Region” Project, funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and implemented by ANKON Consulting, aims to support Balparmak’s efforts in developing new and innovative products through improving links with beekeepers who supply honey for the company. The project enables access to skills and knowledge, as well as opportunities for employment, in remote areas of the Mugla region, with a focus on women and youth. The Project provides different training opportunities based on beekeepers needs, aiming to make the best use of the existing potential and ensuring sustainability of beekeeping in Turkey.

ANKON Consulting won the Award for Excellence in Consulting!

ANKON Consulting has been awarded by The Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation for Excellence in Consulting in the category of “Social Reform and Poverty Reduction”.

The Gabriel Al-Salem International Award is an independent annual award, which helps promoting professional standards and ethics in management consulting.  Members of the Evaluation Committee include representatives from key institutions such as EBRD, ICMCI (International Council of Management Consulting Institutes), the UK Institute of Management  Consultancy and IMC USA.

The Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation is a non-profit organization, which commemorates the life of the late Gabriel Al-Salem who worked as Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and development’s Business Advisory Program in Central Asia and made an enormous contribution to the development of the consulting industry. After his tragic death in 2010, the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) recognized Gabriel’s pioneering work and granted him the honorary title of “Member of the Meridian Order.” The Foundation aims to continue the charismatic character and professional excellence of his work to advance sustainable economic growth and civic institution-building in transitional and emerging market countries.

TANAP received the International Business Awards® in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility Program

TANAP has won the prestigious USA based 2019 International Business Awards® (The Stevie Awards) in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year – in Europe.


TANAP General Manager Dr. H. Saltuk Düzyol and QHSSE Director and Compliance Officer Fatih Erdem have received the trophy at the Awards Gala on 19th October 2019 in Vienna.


ANKON Consulting, in consortium with Aqwadem, is implementing the Technical Assistance for TANAP Social and Environmental Investment Programme which develops a coherent ecosystem along TANAP natural gas pipeline and contributes in maintaining the economic and social development and preservation of natural resources.

TANAP SEIP Celebrated Achievements with a Special Reception

TANAP celebrated national and global achievements in the fields of environmental management, sustainable development and public benefit with by holding a special reception in Ankara.

TANAP General Manager Saltuk Düzyol and TANAP Quality, Occupational Health and Safety, Social, Environment and Compliance Director Fatih Erdem hosted the reception, where the results of TANAP and its Social and Environmental Investment Programs (SEIP) and the achievements were shared. At the same time, the Project Compendium which compiles the achievements and successful results was presented. The Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources (MENR) and World Energy Council (WEC) Chairman Mr Alparslan Bayraktar and Azerbaijan Delegation were accompanied by distinguished guests from various countries, diplomats and other foreign mission representatives.

TANAP-SEIP reached 1,018 projects in 20 provinces, 67 districts and 600 villages on the TANAP route. The projects implemented within the scope of SEIP, which touches large segments with high social impact, have received 7 awards in the international arena so far.ANKON Consulting, in consortium with Aqwadem, is implementing the Technical Assistance for TANAP Social and Environmental Investment Programme which develops a coherent ecosystem along TANAP natural gas pipeline and contributes in maintaining the economic and social development and preservation of natural resources.

Balparmak participated in the 46th Apimondia – The International Beekeeping Congress in Canada

As part of the “Support for Sustainable Beekeeping Practices and Inclusion of Beekeepers in the Muğla Region” Project, funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Balparmak participated in the 46th Apimondia – International Beekeeping Congress held in Montreal, Canada, between 8-12 September 2019.

The Project, implemented by ANKON Consulting, aims to support Balparmak’s efforts in developing new and innovative products through improving links with beekeepers who supply honey to the company. This will be achieved by enabling access to skills and knowledge, as well as opportunities for employment, in remote areas of the Mugla region, with a focus on women and youth. The Project will provide different training opportunities based on beekeepers needs, aiming to make the best use of the existing potential and ensuring the sustainability of beekeeping in Turkey.

Founded in 1895 and headquartered in Rome, the world Beekeepers’ Association (Apimondia) organizes the World Beekeepers Congress every two years. Apimondia Congress provides advanced information to the participants and producers from the beekeeping sector. Apimondia, which has 114 members from 77 countries, is the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and all organizations working in the Apiculture sector and is equipped with the aims to promote the development of beekeeping in scientific, technical, ecological, social and economic issues.

The first Apimondia Congress was organized in 1897 with 636 participants in Belgium. Apimondia Congresses are held regularly in singles every 2 years since 1961. The average number of participants varies between 6000 and 9000 people and the participants are professional and amateur beekeepers, academicians, medical doctors, journalists, bee breeders, material producers, public officials, agriculturalists, environmentalists, industrialists, scientists, packaging companies, consumers, apitapists, technicians.

TANAP received the International CSR Excellence Award in the Category of “Sustainability”

TANAP’s Social and Environmental Investment Programme (SEIP) received a major award in the Sustainability category of the “International CSR Excellence Awards”. The ceremony was held in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London on 22nd July 2019.

This award programme assesses the most successful projects in the area of public service, and is held by a globally reputable organization with an independent jury. Large multinationals such as Saudi Aramco, Shell, Warner Bros and Coca-Cola have also been awarded this year. TANAP has added yet one more success to its list of international achievements.

TANAP has also been invited to the “CSR World Leaders Ceremony” as a “World Leader”, a prestigious event which will be held on November 25, 2019 at the Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster in London.

ANKON Consulting, in consortium with Aqwadem, is implementing the Technical Assistance for TANAP Social and Environmental Investment Programme which develops a coherent ecosystem along TANAP natural gas pipeline and contributes in maintaining the economic and social development and preservation of natural resources.

Turning an Airbus A330 into Artificial Reef

An Airbus A330 was submerged in Saros Bay in the northwestern Turkey’s Edirne on Friday. The giant plane, reassembled in the city after it was transported from the southern city of Antalya, will be a major attraction for diving tourism.

Local authorities said it was the world’s largest airplane ever submerged for diving tourism. It took four hours for the crews to sink the 90-ton passenger plane. The decommissioned aircraft was brought to Edirne under the sponsorship of Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) and as part of a deal with a local tourism union.

It was towed to large rubber boats to the spot it was submerged. The boats were then deflated to allow the plane sink in its intact state. The aircraft was laid at a depth of 30, around half a nautical mile away from the shore.

ANKON Consulting, in consortium with Aqwadem, is implementing the Technical Assistance for TANAP Social and Environmental Investment Programme which develops a coherent ecosystem along TANAP natural gas pipeline and contributes in maintaining the economic and social development and preservation of natural resources.

TANAP-SEIP was Granted Communitas Award in Leadership in Community Service & Corporate Responsibility

Communitas Awards, a worldwide prestigious award that promotes companies which benefit the community, announced that TANAP SEIP is the winner of the “2019 Communitas Award” for Social Accountability in the category of “Leadership in Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility”.

TANAP, with its Social and Environmental Investment Programme (SEIP) implemented along the natural gas pipeline route, has been awarded with 15 companies this year, 11 in the USA and 4 in the rest of the World.

ANKON Consulting, in consortium with Aqwadem, is implementing the Technical Assistance for TANAP Social and Environmental Investment Programme which develops a coherent ecosystem along TANAP natural gas pipeline and contributes in maintaining the economic and social development and preservation of natural resources.

EBRD – Adressing Labour Shortages in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe Project successfully completed

“Adressing Labour Shortages in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania and the Slovak Republic)” Project, implemented by ANKON Consulting for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) successfully completed. The final report prepared in scope of the project includes policy recommendations on how to address the issue of labour market tightness through economic inclusion.

Preliminary findings about these six countries were discussed at the “Adressing Labour Shortages in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe” Workshop organised by ANKON Consulting in November 2018 in Budapest, Hungary with the participation of EBRD Experts from London and Istanbul. Country presentations were made by the Team Leader and the Country Experts for all six countries. The workshop provided a basis to exchange on the findings for the report showing that all countries basically had the same labour market problems like brain drain, outmigration, aging population, population decrease, quality of education and skills mismatches.