Improving employment opportunities within skilled craft professions

Project description

Title: Employment Oriented Vocational Training for Skilled Crafts
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Jordan
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Labour
Overall term: 2017 to 2024

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Almost 70 per cent of Jordan’s rapidly-growing population of around 10.5 million people are less than 30 years old. There are also many refugees in the country, including around 1.3 Million Syrians. These factors are placing a huge strain on both the vocational training system and the labour market.

As a result, many young people work in the informal sector, which now accounts for 44 per cent of employment. Others are underemployed, and those who are self-employed often struggle to generate a sufficient income. Distributional conflicts, which are becoming more apparent, are increasing informal employment and threatening social cohesion.

While people who are trained in skilled crafts find it comparatively easier to get good jobs, potential employers often complain that such workers are hard to find. Moreover, skilled crafts occupations are often seen as unattractive or undesirable by the younger generation.


Young Jordanians and Syrian refugees recognise employment opportunities in skilled craft professions and benefit from the improved vocational training offerings, the information and advisory services for specific target groups and sectors.

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The project is part of the Special Initiative for Stability and Development of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the MENA Region. Through the special initiative projects, the Jordanian Ministry of Labour is helping create economic and social prospects for people in the region. The focus is on youth and employment promotion, economic stabilisation, democratisation and the stabilisation of neighbouring countries in crisis situations.

Therefore, the project has adopted a three-fold approach towards helping young and vulnerable Jordanian youth and Syrian refugees to take greater advantage of the employment opportunities available to them in the skilled craft sector.

Firstly, it works with partner institutions to improve the quality of vocational training in selected skilled craft professions, and to make these training opportunities more accessible to young people.

Secondly, it provides young Jordanians and Syrian refugees with career guidance and counselling services to support them in their transition from training to employment.

Thirdly, the project works in a strong collaboration with the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks, ZDH) to strengthen cooperation between private and public stakeholders in the field of vocational and further training in skilled crafts.


Jordan is very interested in benefitting from Germany’s experience in the skilled crafts sector. Their widely-recognised practical and theoretical knowledge makes partnering with the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) a core element of the project.

Several German skilled crafts organisations are therefore supporting the efforts of the project’s implementation partners through various capacity development activities (e.g. Training of Trainers and curricula development) and further trainings for the partner institutions that will improve the quality of vocational training and enhance cooperation between public and private sector institutions in this field.

The German chambers for Skilled Crafts have used their capacity to ensure continued success within the project. They have worked in close collaboration with small and medium-sized companies in vocational training for skilled crafts, providing expertise to training providers on how to cooperate with the private sector. They have assisted in designing and implementing measures for skills assessment and certification that mirror the highly-recognised German certification system. And finally, ZDH member organisations are supporting campaigns to improve the image and reputation of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in skilled crafts in Jordan.

The joint efforts of the German chambers for Skilled Crafts and the project resulted so far in increased training quality for around 1200 young male and female Syrians and Jordanians trained in skilled crafts occupations. Around 900 of them additionally benefitted from improved career guidance and employment services. A 95 per cent satisfaction level with the provided services among participants underlines its strong impact on the graduates’ employability and employment chances. Hence, the project could also already overachieve its employment indicator of 25 per cent for participants of employment services.

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