The German Association for Adult Education (DVV International) offered a proposed project to the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), to implement a pilot project for the QUDRA program funded by the European Union (EU) which trained 45 unemployed individuals and job seekers from the Syrian refugees and host communities. The implementation was proposed in cooperation with a Community-Based Organization (CBO) in the Irbid governorate "Family & Childhood Protection Association"; which is one of the most affected areas of Syrian asylum.
In designing the project proposal, DVV International has relied on its experience of more than 45 years in adult education, development, vocational training, and non-formal education fields in more than 30 countries, as well as its experience in the Middle East, particularly in the context of the refugee crisis through providing skills development programs for the Syrian refugees and Jordanians. The project proposal is a unique model for rehabilitation and vocational training.
The actual implementation of the project Started on 06 September 2017 and ended on 31 December 2018 and was concluded with a mass celebration attended by popular and official events and under the auspices of the General Director of Vocational Training Institution, Eng. Hani Khleifat, and in the presence of the member of the Jordanian Parliament, MP. Sami Khasawneh.
The actual implementation plan for the project included 5 phases. The first phase included promoting the project through advertisements, and social media networks, conducting meetings and interviews with the target audience, in addition to coordinating with the Vocational Training Institution to agree on work and cooperation mechanisms. The second phase included the implementation of employment guidance and orientation sessions for all the participants registered in the project which were carried out over 6 days. The third phase was the referral of the participants to register in the vocational training institution in three specialties (pastries and dessert-making, cellular maintenance, sales, and marketing). The training was conducted over 36 days during which the participants got professional technical training according to the curriculum and courses of the Vocational Training Institution. The fourth phase involved trainees in a practical application program in cooperation with employers over 7 days. The fifth and final phase was to engage the participants in entrepreneurship skills training for 10 days at the Family and Childhood Protection Society (FCPS) CBO, in addition to conducting evaluation, networking, and professional practice exam.
What really distinguished the project are tribal and remote orientation, suitable training time duration for the participants, continuous field supervision, and availability of practical implementation opportunities in existing projects. In addition to follow-up and support provided by the facilitators, identifying vocational training targeted areas was based on the Jordanian labor market needs and participants’ desires. The training was carried out based on the approved training curricula certified by the largest governmental training institution directly affiliated with the Ministry of Labour (MoL); that is the Vocational Training Institution. The main challenges faced by the project were the three-month implementation period, high training costs, especially for the pastries and dessert-making course, the participants’ privacy and their continuous need for support and advice, as well as the ability of the participants to pass the professional practice exam immediately after the completion of training.