Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project

Pathways to Professionalism

The United States government, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA) and the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) launched ‘Pathways to Professionalism,’ a unique private-sector led program to enhance the qualifications of the hospitality labor force around Jordan. The program will help create high-quality tourism sector jobs through offering on-the-job training in 21 hotels, on December 5, 2016.

Pathways to Professionalism promotes a new approach to professional training by linking a supply of qualified youth to the hotel sector’s demand. With this approach, private sector hotels can recruit, train and certify their workforce in their facilities.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Jordan Mission Director Jim Barnhart said, “Pathways to Professionalism is more than a hotel training program. It has the potential to shift the way hospitality workers obtain specialized qualifications and how hotels hire staff.”

Minister of Tourism Lina Annab stated, “We are pleased to be launching this new program, designed through a partnership between the MoTA, VTC, hotels in Jordan and USAID to meet the actual needs of hotels as well as giving workers the opportunity to advance their careers.”

The MoTA has formally endorsed the new program and will support the registration of its hotels and trainers. The VTC will handle accreditation, qualification systems, and the certification of successful trainees.

The USAID Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism Project works to support Jordan's transformation into a globally competitive tourism destination. The United States government, through USAID, has provided foreign assistance from the American people to Jordan for more than 60 years.