Case Study

Development of a Youth Inclusion Training Centre at Abdali Mall for EBRD

People1st International

Summary
The objective of this project was to equip young people with the skills required for the hospitality and retail sector, and increase the levels of access and participation of young people with new job opportunities in Abdali. The result has been to rebalance a society where high youth unemployment has become the norm.

Region
Middle East
Skills Solution
Employment and Training

Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world and today it is the thriving capital of Jordan that provides an energetic mix of old and new. Amman is home to almost half of the population of Jordan with 70% being under the age of 30. Almost half of these young people are currently out of work.

Without adequate employment prospects young people are systematically excluded from the economy, leading to growing inequality which in turn increases public spending and could lead to social unrest. In the private sector many companies struggle to recruit people with the right skills. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is helping to find solutions to these problems, and is investing $80 million in the new Abdali Mall complex. This development required the creation of a training and recruitment facility based on a social inclusion model. Its aim being to enable young people to acquire employment skills they and develop a well trained workforce for the new complex.

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