Under the high patronage of the Minister of Labour, Nayef Stetieh, Orange Jordan signed on Sunday August 14, 2022 an agreement with the Vocational Training Corporation to launch Orange FabLab, a coding academy, and an accelerator in a vocational training center in Al-Sel in Balqa Governorate.
Vocational Training Corporation Managing Director, Engineer Ahmed Gharaibeh, and Orange Jordan Deputy Managing Director/CFO, Raslan Deiranieh, signed the agreement to launch the programs, as part of “Innovation Space”, a three-year project co-funded by the European program “Innovation for business growth and jobs” aims to promote digital empowerment and the culture of innovation on a larger scale.
The new free digital programs that will be launched at Balqa’s vocational training company are an extension of the “Innovation Space” project which aims to extend Orange’s free digital programs and give young people the opportunity to benefit from training in digital skills increasingly in demand to strengthen their employability and support them in launching their own projects.
As part of the agreement, Balqa’s new programs will include an Orange FabLab to train candidates in digital manufacturing skills, tools and machinery to enable carpenters to create prototypes, the coding academy to train students for 7 months in programming languages with the aim of “Training for Employment”, in addition to an accelerator that accompanies startups to accelerate their growth and expansion.
Minister of Labour, Nayef Steitieh, affirmed that this agreement comes into force after several meetings and workshops held over the last five months with Orange Jordan, the responsible digital leader, and one of the subsidiaries of the global Orange group, through its corporate social responsibility strategy. , in response to the directives of HM King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Al Hussein Bin Abdullah II, and within the framework of the government’s orientations to modernize and update the professional training ecosystem, in order to create a sustainable impact on the lives of Jordanians.
These programs emanate from Orange Jordan’s social role and leading efforts in implementing many free programs to empower Jordanians and promote digital inclusion, positively reflecting socio-economic development, Stetieh added.
Orange Jordan Deputy CEO/CFO Raslan Deiranieh said he was excited about the cooperation between Orange Jordan and the Vocation Training Corporation to achieve common goals that will help equip young people with the skills to join the labor market, noting that the digital programs at Balqa are in line with Orange Jordan’s desire to cover the regions of the Kingdom by developing in the Capital, the North and the South, since the number of beneficiaries/certificates issued in under the “Innovation Space” project reached 20,000.
The company, Deiranieh added, is committed to expanding the circle of beneficiaries under the “Innovation Space” project, stemming from Orange Jordan’s role as a responsible digital leader that drives sustainable empowerment to improve the contribution of beneficiaries to socio-economic progress. He also said he was proud of the strategic partnerships working towards this goal.
The General Manager of the Vocational Training Company, Engineer Ahmed Gharaibeh, said the company wants to promote partnership with all parties related to vocational and technical training in development sectors to provide training opportunities and sustainable employment opportunities for men and women and to contribute to the government’s efforts to employ young people in the governorates of the Kingdom.
The company’s future plans include moving into technology applications, AI, IoT, robotics science and coding, and data management areas, Gharaibeh noted.
The EU-funded “Innovation Space” project supports the expansion of Orange Jordan’s digital programs to include 9 community digital centers, 5 new coding academies, 5 FabLabs, 8 start-up accelerators and incubators, in more than one “Innovation Hub” at the Orange Digital Village in Amman.
The program is a pioneering initiative in Jordan and a one-stop-shop for digital innovation and entrepreneurship support. It introduces digital literacy, fosters digital skills – especially among women and young people – and promotes and nurtures entrepreneurship by identifying key opportunities for digital economic growth.