AMMAN, 15 December 2019 – Hundreds more young people have graduated with the necessary skills to transition from learning to meaningful employment under the UNICEF-supported Amaluna technical vocational training programme in partnership with LUMINUS Technical University and College in support of the Government’s National Employment Charter.
The 700 young people gathered with their families and friends at the event held under the patronage of the Ministry of Labour in the Cultural Palace. The students are the second cohort to successfully complete the programme and close to half of all graduates are female.
“Strong and resilient youth are Jordan’s best hope for a stable and prosperous future,” said UNICEF Jordan Representative Tanya Chapuisat. “UNICEF will continue to support the Government to help 10,000 of the most vulnerable youth achieve their potential through quality technical and vocational training over the next five years.”
UNICEF’s Amaluna Economic Engagement programme is a multi-stakeholder partnership to support the most vulnerable youth by equipping them with market-driven and accredited skills for meaningful employment opportunities. Amaluna has supported 2,500 young people since 2018 and has a 70 per cent employment rate for graduates.
Training modules include cosmetology, plumbing, hospitality, catering and food processing, garment manufacture, customer care and call centre operation. Employability, life skills and English language classes are also offered to each student.
Earlier this month, UNICEF signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Labor and Luminus Technical University College to support another 1,000 young people with access to technical and vocational training, focusing on new and emerging areas with high employment demand, such as coding, software engineering, 3D printing, as well as some of the more traditional market-driven vocations such as mechanics and hospitality.
Currently 38.5 per cent of young people in Jordan are economically inactive and many have limited opportunities to engage. At 17 per cent, female labour participation is one of the lowest globally. The Amaluna programme aims to help young people become active citizens who are economically and socially resilient.
The UNICEF Amaluna Youth Economic Engagement project is funded by the Government of Australia, the Government of Canada and Kuwait Foundations of the Advancement of Science (KFAS).
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Jordan, visit www.unicef.org/jordan.