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Training and job brokerage programme in hospitality extended for a further cohort of Syrian refugees in Jordan

08/01/2019

A 12-week pre-employment training programme for Syrian refugees in Jordan has been extended to open the opportunity for a further 22 Syrian refugees to undertake hospitality training at Abdali Mall Training Centre in Jordan.

The integration of the 1.3 million Syrian refugees living in Jordan remains a massive social, economic and political challenge for the country and the wider region. Despite the fragile ceasefire, the political solution in Syria remains elusive. Although only a few of the neighbouring countries have formally adopted refugee integration as a policy aim, there is recognition amongst key stakeholders that a strategy is needed which provides Syrian refugees and their host communities with sustainable livelihoods. This requires improvements in access to formal jobs and skills, critical to which is the active engagement of the private sector.

Following the success of a training and job brokerage programme run in 2017 funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development which trained 121 young Syrian refugees, the programme - led by People 1st International, in partnership with Education for Employment Jordan - has recently been extended in an effort to share the impact of enhanced skills training on young people and the increased skills base for local businesses. 

Up to 22 young Syrian refugees have been offered a place on the programme which started on 26 December 2018 and offers a 4-6-week pre-employment training, combining classroom learning and technical skills accredited by the Jordanian Centre for Accreditation and Quality Assurance, advice on the application of work permits, and a job-matching service to support transition into employment.

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