Youth employment generation programme in Arab transition countries– Jordan component phase I



The project has aimed at building capacity of unemployed youth to be able to compete in the labor market, through an internship programme facilitated by special agreements with private and public entities; the internship was preceded by extensive training on life and employability skills in addition to specialized technical training from 4-6 months. The project has targeted unemployed youth aged between 18-26 at three governorates with high poverty and unemployment rates.

What have we accomplished so far

  • Launched  internship programme in two rounds at Governorate of Ma’an, Madaba and Mafraq targeting 75 interns in first round and 65 interns in the second round.
  • Building capacities of 140 interns through 6 training courses on Life and Employability Skills.
  • Organized town hall sessions to raise awareness and discuss youth unemployment issues with representatives of private sector, civil society, youth and government
  • Initiating a mapping survey in cooperation with ILO on policies and programmes regarding youth employment in Jordan.
  • Developing a draft project proposal on ITC, Tourism and Trade, to support the Government of Jordan to increase employability opportunities for youth in Jordan in promising sectors with special focus on vulnerable groups such as people with special needs, and women in order to compete effectively in today's global knowledge economy and contribute to sustainable development.
  • Holding a National Conference entitled ‘Youth Employment: Challenges and Opportunities’ within the context of ‘Youth Employment Generation Programme in Arab Transition Countries-Jordan on the 17th and 18th December 2012, The conference was a platform for the Youth as it provided  them with an opportunity to develop a better understanding of the role that the youth can play in development.

Expected outputs

  • Provide graduates and unemployed youth with the necessary experience and skills that would enhance their marketability and employment opportunities.
  • Provide the unemployed with basic skills training and on the job training.
  • Retain most of the interns in their workplace after the internship period.
  • Increased opportunities for internships in private companies and or other institutions for youth (women and men).

Who Finances it?

Government of Japan : USD 500,000

Delivery in previous fiscal year

  • Since 1 March 2012 till December 2012, the deliverables reached  USD 450,000
  • Jan 2103- March 2013: USD 45,000

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