600 youth graduate from UNDP supported employment projectSep 23, 2014
On Tuesday 23rd of September, under the patronage of the Minister of Interior, HE Hussein Al-Majali, and with the support of the government of Japan, UNDP held a graduation ceremony for the 615 beneficiaries of the “Youth Employment Generation Programme in Arab Transition Countries, Jordan component - Phase II”.
Launched in 2013, the programme entailed training courses designed to sharpen the skills of young people from Ajloun, Jerash, Balqa, Tafileh, Maan and Karak governorates in order to enable them to find job opportunitie.
The training programs provided by the project tackled different subjects in vocational training such as cooling and air conditioning, cosmetic science and hospitality. Also a total of 48 micro-business projects were financed by the project and established in the six governorates.
Within the scope of the project, UNDP inaugurated the "One Stop Shop" in Tafileh employment directorate, and trained its staff to be able to receive new job seekers and to direct them to jobs that meet their profile and aspirations.
During the ceremony, UNDP Country Director, Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad said: " 120 young people received training on “life skills”, including community expectations, civic engagement and good citizenship, while 190 others were enrolled in vocational training for specific professions needed in the local market". She also recalledthat 300 youths were trained on how to launch start-ups, with 120 of them competing for the best project idea.
“Under the programme, we will continue extending technical support and consultation to ensure sustainability and success for these projects". Ms. Ahmad quoted.
On the other hand, Mr. Norimasa Yoshida, first secretary and head of economic division at the Japanese embassy highlighted the partnership with UNDP and congratulated the newly graduates saying : “I sincerely hope that this project — which aims at job creation through internships, vocational training, and entrepreneurship— will ultimately contribute to the economic and social stability of Jordan”.
At the end of the ceremony, UNDP showcased a short video with main achievements of the project, while some youth beneficiaries proudly shared their success stories in front of the attendees and their parents.
UNDP also expressed its gratitude to the partners who have contributed significantly to its success.