First batch of Passport to Success graduates equipped for promising careers in hospitality

26 July 2012

Amman – To prepare youth for promising careers in tourism and hospitality, the USAID funded Youth:Work Jordan Program(YWJ), USAID Jordan Tourism Development Project (Siyaha), the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) and the British Council – Amman concluded the first round of the life skills program "Passport to Success". The training program seeks to strengthen skills of VTC tourism and hospitality students to improve their career opportunities within the hospitality sector.


H.E. Majed Habashneh, VTC Director General, congratulated the students on completing the program and encouraged them to continue their efforts in learning skills that will qualify them for a variety of jobs offered in the tourism industry. "Building a career in tourism will not only improve the lives of these young students, but will also help them contribute to their households," he said.


"These students are the future leaders of this important sector, and the Pathways to Professionalism program not only equips them with the skills they need to begin promising careers in the sector, but also gives these young people direct access to job opportunities in hospitality in Jordan through internships and direct links to employers. It will also improve the visitor experience as service standards are matched to international expectations," said Mr. Ibrahim Osta, USAID/Siyaha Chief of Party.


“YWJ is proud to see young Jordanians from its program lead productive lives and set their first steps towards a career that is much in-demand by the Tourism and Hospitality sector in Jordan. Through this partnership, youth have received an opportunity to become positive contributors to their country doing something they enjoy as well as achieve a sense of self-fulfillment,” said Rana Al-Turk, Country Director of the International Youth Foundation.


A total of 78 students from the Sahab, Salt and Marka VTC institutes for hospitality and tourism took part in "Passport to Success". The 16-week program included preparing students for entering the job market and developing their leadership skills and English language, which was provided by the British Council Amman. Students also benefitted from career guidance.


IYF’s Life Skills Curriculum “Passport to Success”, that promotes healthy lifestyles, employability and community engagement for young people will continue to reach the other eight VTC institutes for hospitality and tourism in Jordan.