Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Bakery And Pastry Training Center Launched In Irbid

10 Aug 2015

Irbid (August 10) - The Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Employment Technical Vocational and Educational Training Fund (ET-VET), are offering Jordanian youth in Irbid the opportunity to expand their career options through a newly renovated Bakery and Pastry Skills Training Center. The USAID Economic Growth Through Sustainable Tourism Project provided support to the VTC by renovating the existing workshop, store, classroom, and unused space into a state-of-the-art training laboratory which mirrors actual industry standards and operations. The USAID project also provided equipment and furniture and trained around 20 school teachers and counselors on how to promote the Bakery and Pastry Skill Program by conducting an awareness-raising campaign at 14 public schools across Irbid. Through the campaign, over 1,000 students learned about the educational opportunities offered at the Irbid VTI and the employment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector. Jim Barnhart, USAID's Mission Director, attended the inauguration of the Vocational Training Institute, where he said, "By using the expanded Bakery and Pastry Program, local youth in Irbid will be able to hone their skills and build careers in the fast-growing tourism and hospitality sector." Renovation of the Irbid Vocational Training Institute was a collaborative effort between the Vocational Training Corporation, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the USAID Economic Growth Through Sustainable Tourism Project. The VTC first introduced the Bakery and Pastry program in 2013 with the support of the USAID tourism project. "We chose to modernize the Vocational Training Institute in Irbid specifically as Jordanian youth in this region have a great need for education that will lead them to find good jobs. Students will develop professional skills at an international standard that will ensure they gain employment in the hospitality and tourism sector, which has large demand for skilled workers," said H.E. Mr. Majed Habashneh, Vocation Training Corporation Director General.