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Jordan and German skilled crafts organisations join forces to improve the quality of vocational training

Kick-off Workshop Working Groups

Kick-off Workshop Working Groups, © GIZ/Sela

01.04.2019 - Artikel

With the aim of strengthening partnerships between Jordan and German skilled crafts organisations, a kick-off workshop was being held in Amman from 19th to 20th of March. Representatives from the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH), sequa gGmbH, multiple Jordanian partner organisations and the German Development Cooperation discussed how to improve the quality of vocational training for skilled crafts and the image of skilled crafts occupations in Jordan.

„A trade in hand finds gold in every land“ – with this proverb Dr. Bernd Kuzmits, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation at the German Embassy in Jordan, highlighted the value of skilled crafts and mentioned vocational training as a „key to give Jordanians and Syrians a job perspective“. This year, Germany and Jordan are celebrating 60 years of development cooperation.  Vocational training has been a crucial part of German-Jordanian development cooperation since 1959, but this is the first time we focus on the skilled crafts sector. It is also the first time that Jordan and German skilled crafts organisations work closely together to improve the quality of vocational training and to promote skilled crafts in Jordan.

Dr. Michaela Baur, Country Director, GIZ Jordan and Lebanon, pointed out the importance of good quality of training and companies’ responsibility to be attractive for skilled labour to ensure sustainable economic development. GIZ implements the project „Employment Oriented Vocational Training for Skilled Crafts“ on behalf of the German Government. The project aims at providing Jordanians and Syrian refugees with information and counselling services on employment opportunities, employment-oriented qualification programs and on a smoother transition from vocational training to employment in skilled crafts. In cooperation with ZDH, training measures in skilled craft occupations will be strengthened through German-Jordanian partnerships. Training providers are being strengthened to offer labour market oriented vocational training. Finally, local stakeholders, such as trade associations, private businesses and NGOs, are being brought together to increase the scope for cooperation for training measures in skilled crafts occupations.

H.E. Secretary General Eng. Ziad Obaidat from the Ministry of Labour highlighted that the establishment of partnerships in the framework of the project has the potential to increase the already vital exchange between Jordan and Germany and to improve the employment prospect of youth in Jordan.

In the upcoming weeks the partners from both countries will further outline the working packages developed and discussed during the meetings and set dates  to begin first joint capacity development activities.

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