A total of 2,000 young Jordanians  applied for jobs on the first day of the National Recruitment Days initiative launched by the Ministry of Labour on Tuesday, according to official figures.
The initiative falls within the National Employment Campaign, initiated by the government last month to provide 18,000 job opportunities.
Under the slogan “We are all partners,” the campaign involves more than 120 public institutions and is implemented in cooperation with the private sector.
In total, 16,000 job seekers have so far applied to the labour ministry through the National Employment Campaign, according to official figures released on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, who inaugurated the National Recruitment Days at the Royal Cultural Centre, said creating jobs for the unemployed was a sacred goal for the government and one of its top priorities.
The opening day of 10-day event attracted thousands of young Jordanians who came to Amman from across the Kingdom in hope of securing a job.
“The labour ministry has been working hard in cooperation with stakeholders from all sectors to ensure the success of the campaign,” Ensour said at the inauguration ceremony.
“The goal is to find jobs for the unemployed and provide employers with dedicated workers,” he added, stressing that the campaign will meet its objectives and will continue until thousands of job seekers are employed.
“We will not impose workers on employers; our mission is not to increase the economic burdens or the operational costs of any investor. We are coordinating with the private sector to provide it with workers who can boost productivity and enhance quality,” the premier said.
During the event, Ensour spoke to some of the job seekers, who commended the event, saying it shortened the recruitment process and offered direct employment through one-on-one meetings between the employer and applicant.
Labour Minister Nidal Katamine said the government’s responsibility does not end with securing jobs for the unemployed, stressing who the ministry staff will follow up on the beneficiaries of the initiative in order to ensure they remain in their jobs and to address any obstacles that might arise in the future.
In addition to the campaign’s 18,000-job target, Katamine said the ministry secured an additional 1,000 work opportunities by signing several agreements with local employers.
He underlined that the ministry will allocate one week every month to receive applications from job seekers, adding that it will also hold training courses for those who lack certain skills needed for some of the available positions.
Also participating in the National Recruitment Days is the USAID-funded Youth for the Future programme, implemented by the International Youth Foundation, which aims at building the capacities of young Jordanians who are of working age.
By Hani Hazaimeh