ILO’s Ruba Jaradat meets Jordanian Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki

Jaradat confirms ILO plans to establish and manage a specialised vocational training centre, to train practitioners on developing the skills of youth in line with labour market needs.

Press release | 25 October 2017
AMMAN (ILO News) – International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Director for Arab States Ruba Jaradat met with Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki at the Prime Minister’s office in Amman on Tuesday, in the presence of Minister of Labour Ali al-Ghazzawi. Jaradat, on a one-day visit to Amman from the ILO Regional Office in Beirut, was accompanied by ILO Country Coordinator for Jordan Patrick Daru.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation of the long-standing partnership between Jordan and the ILO. He lauded the Organization’s implementation of projects and programmes in the country and its provision of technical assistance to enhance Decent Work and employment opportunities for Jordanians.

ILO Regional Director Jaradat confirmed that the Organization, based on a request by the Jordanian government, would establish and manage a specialised vocational training centre, that would train Jordanian youth in a variety of professions, in line with labour market needs.

“This is a timely and much-needed opportunity to increase the employability of young Jordanians for the long-term benefit of the labour market,” Jaradat said following the meeting.

“The ILO is honoured to have been tasked by the Government of Jordan to establish and operate this unique training centre. We look forward to cooperating with our partners in Jordan to turn it into a success and a model for future youth employment-focused initiatives in the region,” Jaradat added.

Prime Minister al-Mulki said his Government looked forward to cooperating with the ILO in establishing the centre. He stressed the Jordanian government's keenness to provide an environment that fosters decent work, and develops the skills of Jordanians in line with national economic needs.

Regional Director Jaradat said that some of the ILO Regional Office for Arab States’ most extensive interventions were in Jordan, with projects amounting to a total of about 44 million dollars.

She said the organization has a large number of projects and activities to support Jordan as part of the ILO’s response to the Syria refugee crisis, focused on reducing unemployment and increasing the participation of women in the labour market.

Jaradat said the ILO works in Jordan in close partnership with the Government, chambers of industry, and trade unions to increase employment opportunities, improve working conditions, and support sound labour market policy development.