USAID Jordan Workforce Development Project in Cooperation with Al Hassan Industrial Zone Investors Association and Irbid Chamber of Industry Launches “Proud To Be A Craftsman” Initiative



IRBID (November 10) – Today the USAID Jordan Workforce Development (WFD) Project, in cooperation with Al Hassan Industrial Zone Investors Association and the Irbid Chamber of Industry in Ramtha launched an initiative to encourage local community members to work in industrial occupations. The initiative entitled “Proud to Be a Craftsman” aims to increase employment opportunities for youth and women in the private sector.  

“Proud to Be a Craftsman” initiative includes a set of distinctive activities designed to promote the positive image of vocational jobs and to inspire and galvanize targeted groups to work in industrial occupations. The Initiative showcases success stories of individuals who illustrate pride in their industrial vocations and inspire through example. During the Initiative, job seekers will learn about labor laws and working conditions in the factories in the Industrial Zone. Jordan WFD will provide support to employers as they screen and select qualified labor during the event. Later in the year, Jordan WFD will provide soft skills training for those selected to work.

This Initiative is part of a public private partnership that endeavors to promote occupational jobs by partnering with key stakeholders in the Governorate including: Al Hassan Industrial Zone, Social Security Corporation, Employment Directorates, Princess Basma Center, We Are All Jordan Youth Commission ‘Kuluna Al Ordon’, and Justice Center for Legal Aid. 

On this occasion, Mr. William Thompson, the Chief of Party for Jordan WFD, said that the Workforce Development Project is working on training and facilitating the placement of at least 300 job seekers within the coming year in Irbid. The project is also focusing on improving work place environment, enhancing occupational safety and health inside factories, decreasing rates of employees’ turnover and changing the image of vocational wok.

The Chairman of Al-Hassan Industrial Zone Investors Association, Mr. Emad Al Naddaf mentioned that the Association is encouraging employers to replace foreign labor with Jordanians by upgrading the skills of Jordanian job seekers and equipping them with essential technical and soft skills. The Irbid Chamber of Industry Chairperson, Mr. Hani Abu Hassan pointed out that the Chamber plays a significant role in educating job seekers about the requirements and demands of the labor market to facilitate their employment.  

The goal of Jordan WFD Project 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. The project focuses its support in East Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Tafilah, Ma’an and Aqaba.