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Economic empowerment in Jordan

We help young and adolescent Syrians living in Jordan to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to get good jobs and earn a living so they are not forced into exploitative labour.

Boys playing football in Jordan
Plan International is supporting young people to gain the skills they need to find good jobs in Jordan.

There are limited opportunities for the Syrian refugee population in Jordan to get good jobs and make money. Barriers to work opportunities mean Syrian refugees are often heavily reliant on external financial support and this can lead them into exploitative forms of labour.

Lack of jobs

Although the recent opening of the labour market to Syrian adults provides an opportunity for legal migrant jobs, work permits are not easy to obtain and are only available for people older than 18.

In addition, income generation and self-employment are largely restricted so longer-term cash support programmes are required to support the transition of child labourers into vocational training, non-hazardous work or to return to school.

Skills training for young Syrians

Plan International provides skills training opportunities for adolescents and young people and helps them access formal and informal apprenticeships. We also support small home-based income generation for young people and parents with vulnerable children.

In addition to job skills training, we also provide coaching for people aged 18-25 so they are able to learn the ‘soft skills’ necessary to get and remain in jobs.