Supporting the Jordanian Educational Institutions in Offering Labour Market Oriented Vocational Training

Project description

Title: Labour Market Oriented Vocational Education, Higher Education and Training (MOVE-HET)
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Jordan
Lead Executing Agency: Ministry of Labour
Overall term: 2017 to 2023

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In recent years, the unemployment rate in Jordan has increased significantly, which impacted young people in particular. While Jordanian companies lack qualified skilled workers, the country’s vocational and higher education institutions often focus more on theory than on practice. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is undervalued, while the private sector has not yet been systematically involved in developing and implementing vocational education programmes.


Vocational training and higher education increasingly meet the needs of the Jordanian labour market.

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The Project works based on the idea that a labour market-oriented educational system can only be established if all relevant actors work closely together. In line with this, MOVEHET supports the Jordanian Ministry of Labour and relevant stakeholders in instigating strong and effective public–private partnerships, in establishing private-led dialogue platforms as well as the implementation and development of the Jordanian National Qualifications Framework.

Furthermore, the project supports the establishment and implementation of dual study programmes in higher education and TVET institutions, as well as the establishment of Centers of Excellence (CoE). This leads to reducing the gap between supply and demand in the labour market and improves the qualification and employability of both university and TVET graduates.

MOVEHET operates along with three co-financing agreements. Partners are the Kuwait Fund for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), together with whom the project extendsvocational training in information and communications technology (ICT) to Syrian refugees, the Korea International Cooperation Agency, which dedicates funds to establish a specialised industrial school in Zarqa, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for an initiative aiming to empower Jordanian youth by providing technical and soft skills to meet the employer demands in ICT.”

Last update: June 2021