AMMAN (1 December 2015) – Today, USAID Jordan Workforce Development (WFD) Project and the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) conduct jointly a workshop to develop a curriculum framework for electro-mechanical hybrid cars to cover key competencies of hybrid car mechanics reflecting knowledge, attitudes and skills as required by the Jordan labor market.
The Jordan WFD considers the rising demand for hybrid vehicles as an opportunity for employing Jordanian youth in hybrid car mechanics. To this end, the curriculum framework for electro-mechanical hybrid cars will serve as the basis for preparing training materials to be taught for the first time for both vocational students at Vocational Training Institutes and employed technicians in the labor market who are looking to upgrade their skills.
Delivering a quality vocational education through better curriculum is one of the main objectives for the Jordan WFD Project. One of the challenges faced by Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates entering technical/vocational training is the current mismatch between the training programs provided and the current needs of businesses. The Jordan WFD project realizes the need to motivate the private sector in Jordan to cooperate with TVET training providers and policy makers to up-date and test vocational training programs. Accordingly, the Project brings together the VTC curriculum development experts along with the private sector to create an updated demand driven training curriculum. This activity will support the local market by providing qualified Jordanian workforce who can offer affordable services for hybrid cars maintenance, thus increasing the demand for of hybrid cars in Jordan.
Mrs. Nadera Al Bakheet, WFD Team Lead, Training Providers Institutional Development explained:” Working on developing the general framework for vocational curricula, and through the participation of practitioners from the private sector, will align the training programs and their curricula with the needs of the labor market. This will help and support the Jordanian labor market to absorb Jordanian youth with the new jobs.”
Private sector training providers and hybrid cars maintenance representatives participated in the workshop, which is built on the National Occupational Standard for the “Electro Mechanical Hybrid Cars Technician” occupation and completed in collaboration with the Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (CAQA).
The Jordan Workforce Development Project’s main goal is to create a competitive, demand-driven workforce development system that leads to increased private sector employment, especially for women, youth, and those living at or below the poverty line. Project activities focus on six governorates: East Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Tafileh, Ma’an, and Aqaba.