Training for water and energy efficiency (Phase II)
Project descriptionTitle: Promotion of training to improve efficiency in the water and energy sector II in Jordan
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Labour
Overall term: 2016 to 2019
Jordan’s dramatically increased demand for water and energy is higher than its limited resources. At the same time, the economy is experiencing rising unemployment although there is also a shortfall of technically skilled labour. Young people are particularly affected, with more than a third of the country’s youth being without work.
Jordanian companies have qualified professionals at their disposal in the area of water and energy efficiency.
Working specifically in the field of water and energy efficiency, the project is addressing the mismatch between the supply and demand for technically skilled labour by enhancing vocational training opportunities and human capacity building services, while assisting institutions in the field of vocational training to fulfil their mandate.
This multi-stakeholder approach is assisting Jordanian companies to employ a sufficient number of suitably qualified professionals to ensure the water and energy efficiency of their operations. The project strengthens the capacities of key actors in the vocational education system and the water and energy sector, leading to the creation of a training system oriented to the needs of the labour market. Additionally, cooperation mechanisms will be used to support the integration of young people into the labour market through private sector involvement in their training. Core methods applied by the project to increase collaboration between employers and vocational training providers are: firstly, the establishment of the National Sector Skills Council (NSSC), and secondly the major contribution of the private sector to the operation of the Jordanian-German Center of Excellence on Solar Energy in Mafraq established together with the National Employment and Training Company.
By providing training at different levels for both skilled and semi-skilled workers and for craftspeople, the project is building capacities within the water and energy sectors. New graduates should also gain the right qualifications to fulfil the duties and tasks required of them in the labour market, thereby improving their employability, too. These improvements in the professional and entrepreneurial skills of both adults and young people also serve to enhance the image of blue-collar jobs.
The cooperation is overseen by the Ministry of Labour. In order to achieve the expected improvements, revisions will also be made to the curricula of Jordan’s Vocational Training Corporation and other training providers.
The project also cooperates with the Jordanian Construction Contractors Association as a representative of the labour market and with Centre of Accreditation and Quality Assurance to ensure quality and credibility of the training programmes. The inclusion of the private sector helps establish a sense of ownership, which in turn encourages the creation of real job opportunities.
Together with the NSSC, the programme developed five short- and long-term training programmes. So far, under the umbrella of the project, around 650 people improved their employability during several rounds of short-term trainings for technicians, engineers and supervisors on Water Network Maintenance, photovoltaic (PV) installation and maintenance and domestic electrical installation and in long-term vocational training programmes on plumbing and solar heating. Furthermore, around 120 trainers improved their qualifications within training of fellow trainers. The aforementioned technical professions also provided didactic training.