The republican era started in Turkey with a full time school education also in vocational training. The state established big enterprices and began to train the employees who should work in such public plants. In the long run under different names the vocational schools fulfilled this duty.

The traditional apprenticeship system is adopted by Law, no.2089, from 1977 as a second way of VET besides the full time school education.

In this system the masters have the responsibility for the training of apprentices. On 24.8.1983 the Ministry of Education, BGZ and the Confederation of Crafts have undersigned a cooperation agreement with the goal to establish centers for practical training so that the lack of equipment in small enterprises shouldn't be burden any more. The first centers were in 1984 in Istanbul and Izmir. To carry on the started work the Foundation MEKSA is founded on 12.4.1985.

By a decree from 12.2.1986 is MEKSA allowed to undertake co operations with foreign institutions and a decree from 9.11.1988 declares MEKSA to a common benefit foundation with tax exemption.

MEKSA cooperates very closely with TOBB and TESK and their sub organisations and the Ministry of Education allow Turkey, develops, manages and implements long and short-term training programmes. In succession of the projects financed by Turkish and foreign sponsors sustainable training centers are now standing and working in 12 provinces of Turkey.