usaid/sabeq present action plan for the enhancement of model vocational training centers to the minister of labor

Published July 30th, 2007 - 06:08 GMT

usaid/sabeq present action plan for the enhancement of model vocational training centers to the minister of labor

Representatives from the USAID-funded Sustainable Achievement of Business Expansion and Quality Program (SABEQ) met with H.E. Basem El Salem, Minister of Labor, this morning to present their recommendations and a proposed action plan in the expansion of model Vocational Training Centers (VTC) in the Northern and Southern regions of Jordan.

The action plan proposes selecting 2-3 existing, structurally prepared and well run Vocational Training Centers. The suggested areas of training will be in the fields of light manufacturing, tourism, property management and agriculture, all of which are in line with USAID/SABEQ’s priority sectors in which it will be concentrating on for the coming four years.

The action plan was developed as a result of several assessments conducted over the past several months by various parties including USAID/SABEQ, of the capacity, needs and gaps in the Vocational Education and Training sector in Jordan. Included in the action plan were several activities that must be conducted in order to fully and successfully implement any actions. Among those activities are: sector specific training needs assessment, upgrading center staffing capabilities, obtaining certification and international accreditation for center programs, partnerships with the private sector, potential e-learning, and creating a shift in mindsets towards vocational education through community outreach.

During the presentation to the Minister of Labor, USAID/SABEQ listed areas in which it can provide support to MoL. These areas include impact assessments of the Ministry of Labor employment offices, developing a comprehensive data collection and analysis system of labor

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market demands and employment trends, and providing training to MoL staff to effectively perform the aforementioned tasks. The next steps for the USAID/SABEQ-MoL collaboration
include close coordination with other donor programs which currently have the same focus on Vocational Education Centers enhancements. By working closely with other donor programs in Jordan, the overall goals of improving the systems and outcomes of the VTCs will become  a more effective process whereby efficiently using resources and maximizing impact.

The construction of the action plan is one of several outcomes from a study tour that took place in Australia and was funded by USAID/SABEQ in June, 2007. A representative group of vocational education experts from the Governorates of Irbid, Karak, and Amman traveled to Australia and were trained by VTC experts in that country in the development and implementation processes of  model programs. The success of Australia’s VET/VTC educational streams is looked at as one of several models that Jordan can customize to the Jordanian culture and eventually apply.  The Australian curricula was created to harness the talents, as well as to provide guidance and career opportunities to high school graduates looking to work outside mainstream business sectors. Australia’s VET/VTC educational streams have not only provided students with financially rewarding job opportunities, but it has also filled the gaps in the demands of the market for highly educated, qualified and certified technicians in fields such as carpentry, automotives, equipment repair and maintenance, etc. 

The USAID-funded Sustainable Achievement of Business Expansion and Quality Program (SABEQ) is a five year broad economic development initiative implemented by BearingPoint, Inc. and a sizeable team of international and Jordanian partner firms. By both supporting improvements in the business environment and providing assistance to expand innovation and productivity in Jordanian businesses, to support the main objective of building up the private sector as a powerful engine of economic growth.

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