Prince’s Trust International has had its most sustained country presence in Jordan, reaching a wide spectrum of young people. We launched our first programme there in 2015 in partnership with the Business Development Center, Loyac and the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD).
Tariqi’s broad methodology is based on the Prince’s Trust’s flagship employability programme “Get Into”, which has been running in the UK for over 10 years and supports 18-27 year-old young people, who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), move into a sustainable and desirable employment. The Tariqi programme was created to support young people to develop the necessary skills and experience in a hands-on practical way. For each cohort we work directly with employers (Employer Partners) who are from sectors that have identified skills shortages and job opportunities, such as Insurance and ICT, and jointly design each programme and training curriculum according to their sector’s needs.
Naser tells us about why he decided to try the Tariqi programme because it was something new that he had never done before and thought he would enjoy it.
Naser is a young Jordanian graduate who studied political science at Jordan University. He did informal jobs during his time at university in order to fund his studies and although this gave him some work experience, Naser couldn’t find a job after graduating. Most jobs required sector specific experience and well-developed skills, which Naser couldn’t demonstrate. He became very demotivated and lost hope.
“Nearly all the jobs he was searching for required sector previous experience, which I didn’t have”.
Naser heard about Tariqi through his friends on social media. He decided to give the insurance programme a try. Tariqi Insurance is delivered through BDC with the support of KAFD and aims to give young people employability training and real work experience to prepare them for a job in the sector.
Naser attended a Taster Day to find out more about the Insurance sector, an area he had never thought about before, and decided it was something he would enjoy. Naser participated in a 4-week programme which helped him develop new skills that he needed to secure a job. The programme taught essential job skills such as CV writing, interview skills, communication and team-work skills. He also had the opportunity to gain much needed on-the-job training with GIG Insurance Company, a key player in the region, and developed important sector-specific skills.
Since finishing the programme Naser was offered a full-time position in the sales department at GIG, which filled him with joy, he immediately accepted the position! He has since presented his experience during a Prince’s Trust International Employer Engagement event and other Taster Days in order to inspire other companies and young people to take part in the programme.