UNDP releases new study on vocational labor market

Jul 15, 2014

Level of Interest in the two highest scoring sectors by governorate

Under the Patronage of H.E. the Minister of Labour the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today its newly released Report on Labour Market: “The Case of Vocational Training in Jordan”, at the Social Security Corporation/Headquarters in Amman.

The purpose of the study is to Provide in-depth data to clarify the vocational training needs of Jordanian youth; Provide information on the skills sought by the local labour market, Inform the development of an effective youth employment portal and vocational training programme which offers career counselling, planning services, and educational support to develop skills and improve employment prospects; and strengthen the capacity of stakeholders to design and implement an effective vocational training programme, according to the needs of each governorate.

On behalf of the Minister of labour, Mr. Mohammad al Qudah, Secretary General Assistant of the Ministry of Labour  commended the efforts of the United Nations Development Programme in support of the ministry in various sectors, notably training for employment to the Jordanian youth, he also pointed to the importance of the recommendations and studies resulting from the report to help the ministry assess the current situation and determine the needs of the workforce in the field of vocational training.

Councillor of Japanese Embassy to Jordan Mr. Masayuki Magoshi, thanked the UNDP for their dedication to implement the projects funded by the Government of Japan, in order to serve the economic and social stability of Jordan. He also added that the report has elucidated the actual situation and needs of local communities in Jordan and since its accuracy and in depth examination; I hope that the report will be well utilized for other projects and policy making process of local and the central governments of Jordan in particular for reducing youth unemployment rates".

On the other hand, Ms. Zena Ali Ahmed, UNDP Country Director said that The Report comes at a time of a global economic crisis, during which Jordan is facing many regional issues – such as political instability in the Arab world and a large influx of displaced Syrians – that have placed severe strains on the Jordanian economy, hampering the sustainability of livelihoods.  She also added, UNDP implements development projects and initiatives to create jobs for young people in eight provinces, the study targeted governorates of Irbid, Mafraq, Jerash and Ajloun, Balqa, Tafileh, Karak, Ma'an, where the programme helped numbers of young people in the field of training and the establishment of small-scale projects to alleviate poverty and contribute to local development.  In less than two years UNDP trained about 600 young men and women in various professional fields and at least 80% were employed. 

Small and medium enterprises, large scale businesses, entrepreneurs and youth representatives contributed to the assessment in order to provide in-depth information about the skills businesses are seeking, and identify the vocational training needs of Jordanian youth. This assessment is meant to support enabling the establishment of an effective Vocational Training Corporation, which will help to dissolve youth unemployment rates by enhancing young Jordanians’ access to the labour market. 

Main findings of the Report offer an overview on demand-supply, as well as career preferences, needed employability skills, and a growing interest in entrepreneurial initiatives. Findings also show a minor enrolment of youth in vocational training, and a lack of orientation and interest in TVET by the youth, as well as a minority of 15% of businesses in the surveyed Governorates that employed TVET trained workers.

Contact information

khuzaima Jaber, Communications Officer khuzaima.jabber@undp.org

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