Improving employment opportunities within skilled craft professions

Project description

Title: Qualification oriented to employment in the craft
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Jordan
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Labour
Overall term: 2017 to 2024

Weaving chairs is not only a fulfilling task for these two young Syrian women, it also provides opportunities for employment and self-employment in the Jordanian labour market after they have completed their vocational training.


Jordan has a young and rapidly growing population. It also has a high number of refugees. Both these factors place a huge strain on the vocational training system and the labour market. While the labour market urgently needs skilled workers in the crafts sector, such occupations are seen to be unattractive among Jordan’s youth.


Young Jordanians and Syrian refugees have come to recognise the employment opportunities offered in the skilled crafts and are benefitting from improved vocational training, and from information and advisory services for specific target groups and sectors.

Young German experts like Hans Wegener are sent to Jordan by German Skilled Crafts organisations to do capacity-building work with Jordanian and Syrian youth. The baker from the Guild of Craftsmen Steinfurth-Warendorf visited Amman to conduct a two-week training on the “Art of German baking“


The project is part of the Special Initiative for Stability and Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region. It has adopted a three-fold approach towards helping young and vulnerable Jordanian youth and Syrian refugees take greater advantage of employment opportunities in the skilled crafts. It does this by:

  • working with partner institutions to improve the quality and accessibility of vocational training in skilled crafts
  • providing young Jordanians and Syrians with career guidance and counselling services
  • improving cooperation between private and public stakeholders through the strong collaboration with the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (Zentralverband des deutschen Handwerks, ZDH)

Last update: July 2021

Seeking a profession that is in high demanded in the labour-market, this young man is doing training to improve his skills in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

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