Creating Opportunities - Qudra Career Day in Jordan

Qudra Career Day connects over 750 young Jordanians and Syrians with companies

Jordan, 21 January 2019

Entering the labour market in Jordan as a young woman or man can be challenging: When the unemployment rate is at over 18%, the economic situation is tense, and a high number of Syrian refugees also seeks opportunities for employment to support their families, it is very difficult to find a job.

To counter this trend and promote the Jordanian economy, the Qudra Programme together with LMNS for Social Development organized a Career Day under the patronage of the Minister of Labour at the premises of the Luminus Technical University College (LTUC) on January 16th, 2019. Financed by the European Union through the Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis ‘Madad’ Fund and the German Government through the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Qudra Career Day was designed to equip young Jordanians and Syrians with necessary skills on how to apply for jobs, how to start own businesses and to provide a forum to meet with potential employers.

Over 750 trainees attended the event. 47% of the ones who have been asked, were female.

Welcoming speeches were given by representatives of the Qudra Programme, GIZ, the German Embassy, the EU and the Ministry of Labour. The organizers of the Career Day invited Jordanians and Syrians who took part in vocational training offered by Qudra on the semi-skilled and skilled worker level. The participants attended a CV Clinic, listened to workshop presentations from Akhtaboot, Opensooq, Luminus Shamal Start Project, Mrayati and Bitmoun and talked to 23 companies about job openings and career opportunities.

On the spot job interviews

The companies were interviewing trainees throughout the day for available job openings. 60% of the Career Day participants who were surveyed took part or scheduled a job interview with one of the companies that were present.

What does the Qudra Programme do in Jordan?

The Qudra Programme, - offers vocational training to 5000 Jordanians and Syrians on the semi-skilled and skilled worker level. The trainees are trained by LMNS for Social Development, VTC (Vocational Training Corporation), NET (National Employment and Training) and JEFE (Jordan Education for Employment). Until now nearly 2000 trainees have completed their training successfully and have received certificates on the semi-skilled (or skilled) worker level. Until April 2019, 5000 Jordanians and Syrians will complete the training.