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Summary: Jordan's catalyst for economic progress, the Jordan Career Education Foundation (JCEF), celebrated 88 trainees' successful completion of three training and job-placement programs for unemployed youth, while calling on Jordan's robust private sector to commit jobs for unemployed youth. At a graduation ceremony held on Tuesday, 16 December, at Al Hussein Cultural Center, and under the patronage of His Excellency the Mayor of Amman, Eng.

Jordan Career Education Foundation Celebratesa New Generation of Jordanian Workers, Calling on the Private Sector to Commit Jobs for Unemployed YouthAt a Graduation Ceremony Held Under the Patronage of the Mayor of Amman Eng. Omar Maani

Jordan's catalyst for economic progress, the Jordan Career Education Foundation (JCEF), celebrated 88 trainees' successful completion of three training and job-placement programs for unemployed youth, while calling on Jordan's robust private sector to commit jobs for unemployed youth. At a graduation ceremony held on Tuesday, 16 December, at Al Hussein Cultural Center, and under the patronage of His Excellency the Mayor of Amman, Eng. Omar Maani, JCEF commemorated the graduation of its classes -- whose graduates were placed in guaranteed jobs in the areas of gold manufacturing and hospitality. Representing Mayor Maani, the keynote speaker was His Excellency Haider Mahmoud who was a great inspiration to youth after reciting some of his poetry to motivate youth graduates towards working for their living. His Excellency stated that youth can achieve their dreams if they work hard--with their hands, hearts and minds. When youth earn a living, they become independent, thereby relieving their families and Jordan of the burden of the vast young population and become economically active toward the future growth of Jordan.

The JCEF also celebrated the graduation of two Workplace Success classes and the third and fourth classes of its extraordinarily successful Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Vocational and Workplace Success Program, made possible by support from the United States Department of State's Office of The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), www.mepi.state.gov.

By launching training and job-placement initiatives for unemployed youth, JCEF is manifesting its role as the Jordanian affiliate of the Education For Employment (EFE) Foundation, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization with affiliate foundations in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, and Yemen. Attending the graduation were founder and CEO Ronald Bruder and representative from the private sector as well as the families of those who have graduated and were placed in jobs. In line with EFE, the JCEF's mission is to give youth with limited prospects hope and a stake in their futures and that of their country. Toward its motto "Giving hope C* for a brighter future," JCEF CEO Ms. Mayyada Abu-Jaber highlighted the achievements of the Foundation in training 88 young men and women for placement in guaranteed jobs. Since it was established in 2006, the JCEF has trained a total of 313 youth, with a job-placement rate of 85 percent. Ms. Abu-Jaber also recounted the success story of a JCEF alumnus, who conveyed to the audience his own experiences on the job.

The JCEF's youth employment mission depends on the active support of private-sector partners such as Al-Asalah/LG Electronics, Blue Fig CafE[umlaut], and Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC). "But this is only the beginning", said Ms. Abu-Jaber, calling on Jordan's private sector to commit jobs and funding to train unemployed youth lacking in opportunity who meet their hiring criteria. "Blue Fig CafE[umlaut] has been an unflagging supporter and the leader in pro-active career training" says Ms. Abu-Jaber "Private sector employer can look to Blue Fig as a model for youth training that benefits the private sector's bottom line"

To that effect, she also added, "We are never complacent when it comes to the pursuit of excellence. This, in itself, motivates us to exert our utmost efforts to equip young people with the necessary skills to overcome the future challenges. We feel committed to provide the Jordanian job market with educated, aware, engaged, and self-reliant youth, ensuring a vibrant career future." JCEF training courses incorporate two parts. The first part, known as "Workplace Success," is the EFE/JCEF's comprehensive, intensive 48-hour core program of "soft-skills." The second part of the program is a targeted "hard skills" technical training driven by the needs of the Jordanian private sector: in this session, gold manufacturing training, hospitality industry training, and HVAC training.

Unlike the widespread, generic soft-skills programs, Workplace Success has been translated to Arabic and customized for the Jordanian workplace. Students enrolled in this training program receive dynamic, practical, hands-on training in communication, customer service, leadership, successful business behavior, and teamwork. They are also guided in overriding principles, such as work ethic and self-confidence. Through role-playing and simulation exercises, students are also given detailed lessons on daily challenges. The objective of soft-skills program is to ensure that the targeted youth will become successful employees, equipped with self-confidence, professionalism, and the skills to work effectively.

For the gold manufacturing and hospitality industry programs, scholarships were provided by the Jordanian Ministry of Labour's National Training & Employment Project (NTEP), represented at the ceremony by Eng. Hisham Rawashdeh, Director of the NTEP. To that effect, Eng. Rawashdeh said, "Our program focuses on giving equal opportunities to various social segments in Jordan. It constitutes an important element of the community outreach initiative, targeting poverty pockets, thus enabling our potential graduates to sustain their living and aid their families upon graduation and during their job placements".

HVAC technical training was provided by Al-Asalah Pioneers Technology Academy (APTA) in Amman, a training institution founded in March 2007 by entrepreneur Eng. Issam Samara, General Manager of LG Electronics' exclusive commercial air-conditioning systems agent in Jordan, Al-Asalah Electromechanics Company. Eng Samara said, "we appreciate the importance and the weight of this program, and we are greatly continent that it gives the youth the opportunity to lead a bright future. We are always keen on supporting initiatives of this kind and others to make a distinct difference in the lives of young people".

Following remarks by Ms. Abu-Jaber, Eng. Rawashdeh, and Eng. Samara, the audience viewed a documentary film about the JCEF by filmmaker and JCEF graduate Mr. Omar Abdel Nabi. Rounding out this roster of speakers were graduates from each of the three training programs graduating that day. Each of the 88 trainees received a graduation certificate, within an ambience exhilarated by joyous young professionals eager to enter the workforce with pride, world-class skills, and unmatched determination to excel.

The JCEF would like to thank Al-Asalah Pioneers Technology Academy (APTA) for providing world-class HVAC training; Al-Asalah Electromechanics Company for guaranteeing 100 jobs for JCEF graduates; employer-partner Blue Fig CafE[umlaut] for providing refreshments for the attendees and 15 guaranteed jobs for JCEF graduates; the Greater Amman Municipality for hosting the event in Al Hussein Cultural Center; and the Ministry of Labour's National Training & Employment Project (NTEP) for engaging in a landmark partnership toward their mutual goals.

Private-sector companies that share the JCEF's mission to reduce unemployment among Jordan's youth are invited to contact Ms. Mayyada Abu-Jaber via email at the following address: info@jcef.jo 2008 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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