The Jordan EFE (formerly the Jordan Career Education Foundation) believes that every young person deserves an opportunity to get a job so that they may establish sustainable livelihoods. JEFE uses a demand-driven training model which starts with employers’ pre-committing jobs, a fact that distinguishes JEFE from all other institutions. JEFE addresses this issue by listening to both the private sector and youth and thus develops tailor-made vocational, technical and managerial training programs that meet the needs of potential employers, inspiring them to invest in youth and empower them economically. JEFE equips students with employability skills and improves the quality of graduates to enable them to acquire their first job. JEFE empowers youth so that they may establish sustainable livelihoods and contribute toward Jordan’s future economic development.
Since 2006, JEFE has trained over 3,500 young people in 13 training program areas and placed 70 percent of them directly into jobs. JEFE has its main office in Amman with a second office in Irbid and operates in 10 governorates throughout Jordan.
JEFE targets young people who lack opportunities and come from remote, underprivileged areas; 70 percent of the young people who participated in their projects come from the 42 pockets of poverty in Jordan.
JEFE addresses two major gaps that block opportunities for young people in Jordan: the opportunity divide facing youth with merit and motivation but with limited opportunity to secure a good education and a job, and the education divide resulting from education systems that fail to meet private-sector needs. Education systems in Jordan under-produce work-ready, skilled graduates, failing to leverage the youth bulge. Masses of unemployed youth seek work, yet there is a critical shortage of qualified workers. This training mismatch fuels a cycle in which young people lack a promising future and businesses are unable to strengthen economic growth and consolidate a viable middle class, so vital to stability.
Jobs are fundamental in confirming dignity and fostering self-worth. Economically active youth are more inclined to be positive change agents in their community. Job creation and economic stability is the lever that activates the social mechanics of a community and state, including healthy living, good citizenship, and national and environmental stewardship. Vibrant and continued economic development in Jordan is essential to good governance, social equity, and improved living conditions. A well-functioning Jordan requires the active engagement of regional projects and life opportunities for youth.
JEFE uses a demand-driven training program and qualifies professionals to enter local economic sectors. The unique model ensures that young people receive jobs after the completion of their training program. JEFE employs a four-step process including:
1) Market Needs Assessment,
2) Curricula Customization,
3) Pre-Committed Job Placements
4) Job Placement and Evaluation
Together, these steps ensure that the market receives qualified and retainable talent to fill their needs while ensuring job opportunties for underprivillaged youth.
The Foundation has so far trained almost 3,000 young people and placed 70 percent of them in jobs.
In terms of future developments, the Jordan Career Education Foundation aims to train:
- 20,000 young people and place 70 percent of them in jobs by 2019
- 3,000 young people in entrepreneurship skills with 25 percent starting their own business
The project aims to achieve the above by:
- Partnering with the 24 Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) centers distributed throughout Jordan and building their capacity to implement demand-driven training programs
- Building public-private partnerships to initiate centers of excellence with the VTCs and ensuring the sustainability of these centers as well as JEFE