UNDP and SDC Unite Efforts to Support Employment for Young Jordanians
Under the Patronage of Governor of Irbid, Hassan Al- Assaf, UNDP celebrated the graduation of 114 young women from Irbid and Mafraq after successfully completing the “Vocational and Employment training’” workshops on Garment Industry Assembly Line. The graduation is in cooperation with the Jordan Education Foundation (JCEF), and took place at the Greater Irbid Municipality on Wednesday June 18.
The training is organised within the framework of the “Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Jordanian vulnerable Host Communities" UNDP Project, as part of the Livelihood activity implemented in coordination with the Government of Jordan, and funded by UNDP and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Aimed at creating more sustainable job opportunities for unemployed youth and vulnerable Jordanians from host communities.
UNDP engaged in demand-driven training programme, based on Labor Market needs assessment in targeted governorates. Following the Assembly Line trainings, which took place in Mafraq and Irbid, 54 young women were employed in Mafraq and 55 in Irbid in private sectors agencies.
UNDP Country Director, Zena Ali- Ahmad, congratulated the graduates and said: "The training program is designed to meet the needs of the labour market and the needs of the social conditions for the young trained women. The training location was selected in near locations where the young women live as an attempt to secure their attendance because it is difficult to most of them to attend due to of social and financial conditions. The success of the training program comes through the partnership we developed with the private sector to secure employment for the trainees after the training".
During the graduation ceremony, certificates were handed over to the participants who attended two rounds of trainings in both governorates, during March-May 2014. Owners of the three factories where the trainees have been employed after the training were given a thanking trophy.
“The opportunity we have been given through this workshop is great,” Islam Al Sarhan, a graduate from Mafraq says. “We have been trained sewing and have learned soft skills as well: the assembly line training allowed us to gain new capacities and helped us to get employed"
SDC’s Director of Cooperation Jordan and Iraq Ms. Lea Valaulta Naamneh, UNDP’s Country Director Ms. Zena Ali-Ahmad, Irbid Governor Host Communities Project staff, and JCEF’s CEO Ms. Mayyada Abu Jaber , as well as representatives of local authorities in Irbid and Mafraq and families of graduates, attended the ceremony.