Apprenticeship System

Toward a National Apprenticeship System in Jordan

ILO, training providers, employers and workers organisations meet to discuss the development of a national apprenticeships model for the country.

The ILO is holding its second round of training and consultations for Employment, Technical Vocational Education and Training (E-TVET) institutions, as well as employers and workers organisations, to agree on a framework for a national system of apprenticeships for Jordan.

Participants from Jordan’s Vocational Training Cooperation (VTC), Al- Balqa Applied University, the National Employment and Training Company (NET), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), -among other training providers will meet with unionists and employer representatives during the three-day workshop. They will discuss the main components of the proposed framework of a national apprenticeship system, the legal framework for a quality apprenticeship system, as well as validate the findings of a self-assessment on apprenticeship systems, which was agreed upon during a previous meeting in April, 2015.

The workshop falls under an ILO-Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) project entitled ‘’Supporting a National Employment Strategy that Works for Young Syrian Refugees in Jordan’’. It follows a 2012-2014 ILO project which introduced a successful pilot model for upgrading informal apprenticeship in Jordan in two different sectors (Printing & Packaging/Auto-repair). The programme was aimed at upgrading informal apprenticeships in a manner that would make them more beneficial to employers, enterprises and apprentices alike. Around the world, apprenticeship programmes have been seen as an efficient and effective tool to facilitate youth transformation from school to work, reduce the incidence and duration of unemployment while supporting economic growth.