Jordan’s Princess Basma lauds ILO efforts to develop refugee and local women’s skills

HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal attended a ceremony to mark the completion of an ILO-supported electrical training programme for women in Jordan. The training programme aims to boost employment among Jordanian and Syrian women through skills development and certification.

News | 15 October 2018
Jordan (ILO News) HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal attended an awards ceremony in the Jordan Valley on Sunday (October 14) for a group of women plumbers who undertook an electrical training course, supported by the ILO.

The 20-day training programme, which was conducted in collaboration with the Wise Women Plumbers Cooperation (WWPC), aims to boost the skills of female plumbers through giving them practical and theoretical training in domestic electrical maintenance.

It is hoped that through upgrading their skills, the women will be able to access better employment and livelihoods opportunities in the sector.

“We thank the ILO for its support through its response to the Syrian refugee situation in Jordan, and its training and capacity building programmes for Syrian refugee women and women from our Jordanian community,” said HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal. “We hope that these joint training programmes will help improve the living conditions of participants (…) and will continue to support these communities, which are in desperate need of help.”

A total of 50 women completed the training. The women were awarded certificates of participation by WWPC. The ILO plans to work with the Cooperation so that it becomes a licenced and accredited training provider in the future.

The training was implemented as part of a US-funded project that supports thousands of Syrians and Jordanians in the areas of Amman, Irbid, Zarqa, Karak and Mafraq, to enhance their skills, or formally acknowledge their existing skills through training programmes and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) certificates across various sectors.

RPL formally recognises the skills and knowledge that a person has gained through work, often in the informal economy.

The project is also helping Syrian refugees gain work permits, formalising their work in Jordan’s labour market. Since 2017, the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions (GFJTU) has been issuing non-employer-specific work permits in the construction sector, following an ILO-coordinated agreement with the Government. The permits were the first of their kind to be issued to Syrian refugees in the Arab region.

These activities are part of the ILO’s wider response to support host communities and refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Embedded in the principles of decent work, the ILO strategy builds on its core mandate to promote employment, social dialogue, social protection and international labour standards.