Women comprise half of Jordan's population, but their economic participation is one of the lowest in the world at 13.55 percent. This is one of the economic challenges facing the Middle Eastern nation and part of the reason that HM King Abdullah II has called for a “national strategy with a fixed time frame to deal with the challenges confronting the education and human resources sectors.”
EDC is answering the call through the USAID-funded Jordan Workforce Development Project. This nationwide effort, led by DAI in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Labour, seeks to provide 25,000 new or improved jobs by 2019. EDC is supporting the development of an effective, relevant vocational training system through technical guidance in the areas of work readiness training, work based learning, vocational training instructor professional development, and curriculum development.
Working in six governorates, the Jordan Workforce Development Project aims to create a competitive, demand-driven workforce development system that leads to increased private sector employment especially for women, youth, and those living at or below the poverty line. The project will improve technical and vocational training, provide career counseling, mentoring, and job placement assistance, change workplace safety regulations, facilitate family-friendly work environments, and certify and accredit educational institutions. In its first year the project will upgrade the institutional capacity of 12 vocational training centers in six governorates.
EDC is a sub-grantee on the Jordan Workforce Development Project. The prime organization is DAI.
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