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KAB Teacher Interviews in Jordan 13-25 July 2013Sunday, 28 July 2013 18:13
Under the framework of the ILO project with the Business Development Center in Jordan which aims to integrate the KAB programme in secondary vocational schools and community colleges in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research represented by Al Balka’a Applied University, a series of interviews were conducted by an ILO consultant, the KAB Coordinator and the Director of Entrepreneurship & MSME Support at the Business Development Center (BDC). The interviews targeted 65 teachers from 14 vocational education schools.
Based on ILO’s vast experience in implementing the KAB programme in the Arab Region, suggestions and comments from participants, teachers/trainers and other KAB programme stakeholders and beneficiaries have helped enhance ILO’s project implementation strategies through a series of lessons learned. A main issue faced was the low number of teachers/trainers certified as KAB National Facilitators relative to the total number who attended the KAB Training of Facilitators’ Workshop and participated in the KAB Pilot. In some cases, only 50% of teachers/trainers who participated in the KAB Pilot were certified. Most uncertified teachers/trainers faced severe time constraints, financial constraints, transportation problems, lack of basic calculation skills or were simply disinterested in the KAB programme.
Consequently, ILO started involving all project stakeholders, including teachers/trainers, at the onset of the project to increase their sense of ownership for the programme, introduce them to the programme’s benefits and requirements, and highlight its impact on the entrepreneurial attitudes of both students and teachers/trainers.
One of the newly adopted strategies involves conducting a series of informal interviews with all KAB direct beneficiaries namely, KAB Coordinators, KAB Supervisors and KAB Teachers/Trainers. The purpose of the interviews is to assess the coordinators’, teachers’/trainers’ and supervisors’ readiness and ability to participate in the KAB pilot and ensure they fit the ILO/KAB teacher/trainer criteria. During the interviews, the interviewer re-iterates the objectives of the KAB programme and the requirements for its successful implementation to make sure that all involved parties are aware of what is required from them and are interested in piloting the programme in their institutions.
- Of the 65 teachers selected by the Ministry of Education, a total of 58 were interviewed
- Conducting the teacher interviews after school directors attend the KAB Awareness workshop and involving them in the initial selection of teachers would make the teacher selection process more efficient
- A total of 26 teachers were selected to take part in the KAB pilot, of which 9 are women
- 13 out of the 14 vocational secondary schools will be included in the first year of the KAB pilot.
- Inform the selected teachers about the KAB TOF dates and provide then with a copy of the package to prepare themselves for the training
- Set-up the interviews with teachers from community colleges
KAB Training of Facilitators' Workshop 16-28 March 2013 JordanSaturday, 27 July 2013 23:31
Under the framework of the ILO KAB project with the Development and Employment Fund and the Vocational Training Corporation, a KAB Training of Facilitators' workshop was conducted over a period of 12 days from 16-28 March 2013 at Ein El Basha Vocational Training Institute 20 km from Amman. It was facilitated by the two KAB Regional Key Facilitators, Mr. Wael Ghosn and Mr. Samih Jaber.
The opening session was attended by Mr. Hani Khleifat, Assistant General Director for Training at the VTC, Ms. Ghada Al Fayez, Training Officer at DEF and the Enterprise Development Specialist at ILO-RO Beirut.
The TOF workshop was attended by 30 participants (22 men and 8 women) from VTC and DEF distributed as follows:
- 27 participants from VTC (23 teachers, 4 supervisors and the programme coordinator at VTC)
- 3 participants from DEF (2 teachers/trainers and the programme coordinator at DEF)
The Enterprise Development Specialist delivered a session on the KAB implementation in the Arab Region, the modality of implementation and the certification process.
At the end of the workshop, participants received a KAB attendance certificate.
KAB Focus Groups in Jordan March 2013Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:08
Under the ILO/BDC project “Know About Business in the National Company for Employment and Training” and as part of the short-term KAB impact assessment, 7 focus group sessions were held from 4-7 March 2013 at the Business Development Center (BDC) in Amman, Jordan. The focus groups were held with the following participants:
1. Former students at the NCET who did not attend KAB classes
2. Former KAB students at the NCET who got employed
3. Former KAB students at the NCET who opened their own business
4. Former KAB students at the NCET who are unemployed
5. Employers of former KAB students at the NCET
6. Parents of former KAB students at the NCET
7. KAB Trainers at the NCET
The focus groups were facilitated by Alexandra Irani, ILO consultant, and co-facilitated by Ms. Farah Al-Azab as part of her capacity building process as a KAB Coordinator on an upcoming ILO/BDC project. The focus group participants were selected and contacted by the National Company for Employment and Training based on a selection criteria that was made available to them ahead of the focus group dates. Most focus groups included 8-12 participants; ranged between 1 to 2 hours and were video-taped for record keeping. The participants were informed of the confidentiality of the recordings and their consent was sought before proceeding with the recording.
Findings from all focus groups showed the following main points:
- KAB had a significant positive impact on students on a personal level and a business level. It helped increase their self-confidence and taught them how to think strategically, plan all activities they want to undertake and organize their time.
- Even KAB students who faced difficulties in finding a job or are still currently unemployed mentioned the positive impact KAB had on them.
- KAB students, trainers and parents all recommended providing financial linkages to students who complete their business plans and are ready to establish or grow their business.
Thanks to the continuous efforts of Mr. Mohammad Bin Yassin and Mr. Mohamad el Saoub, supervisors at the NCET; Mr. Alaa Abou Hajeh, KAB National Facilitator; Ms. Farah Al Azab, Ms. Hadeel Issa and Mr. Ghaleb Hijazi from BDC, the 7 focus groups were successfully held and the required information from the selected participants was obtained.
KAB Selection Interviews for Trainers, Amman-Jordan Nov 2012Tuesday, 18 December 2012 17:58
Under the framework of the ILO-DEF-VTC Project, in Jordan, KAB Selection Interviews were held with the coordinators, trainers and supervisors selected by the Development and Employment Fund (DEF) and the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC).
The purpose of the interviews was to assess the coordinators’, trainers’ and supervisors’ readiness and ability to participate in the KAB pilot which will entail but is not limited to participating in the Training of Facilitators’ Workshop (TOF), subsequent KAB follow-up workshops and delivering/supervising the KAB course in selected vocational training classes. Selected trainers are expected to meet ILO KAB criteria which requires them to be dynamic, ready to learn and implement participatory training techniques and receive and give constructive feedback.
31 interviews were held with coordinators, supervisors and trainers to enquire about the following main points:
- Their attitude towards entrepreneurship education and the KAB programme
- Their motivation level
- Their business and teaching skills
- Whether they previously opened a business
In general, all interviewed participants showed a high level of interest in the KAB programme and its piloting at the selected vocational training centres due to what they heard of the programme during the KAB Awareness Workshop and their previous exposure to various trainings on soft skills and participatory training techniques. The KAB Coordinators and Supervisors specifically expressed high enthusiasm and readiness to dedicate their full time for the successful implementation of the KAB project.
After conducting the interviews and following the interviewer's recommendations, 4 trainers were replaced due to either a lack of interest in the KAB programme or severe time/financial constraints they will be facing that will prevent them from providing the programme the adequate time for a successful implementation.
The KAB Training of Facilitators' Workshop is expected to be held in the first quarter of 2013.
KAB Awareness Workshop at DEF-VTC, JordanFriday, 02 November 2012 10:26
Under the framework of the ILO-DEF/KAB project in Jordan, a KAB Awareness Workshop was held for the staff of the Development and Employment Fund (DEF) and the Vocational Training Corporation (VTC). The workshop took place on Tuesday 23 October at the Kempinski Hotel in the presence of 55 participants mainly Heads of VTC Directorates, DEF employees, the General Manager of the E-TVET Fund, directors of vocational trainings institutes that have been nominated to participate in the KAB pilot phase, trainers initially nominated by VTC, International Youth Foundation representatives and the media.
The workshop was opened by Mr. Omar Al Omari from DEF and Mr. Hani Khleifat on behalf of the Director General of the VTC, Mr. Majed Al Habashneh. Both opening speeches stressed on the need to promote entrepreneurship education among Jordanian youth, especially those enrolled in vocational institutes, in order to reduce the culture of dependency on public sector employment and contribute to the reduction of unemployment among youth.
Both VTC and DEF expressed their commitment to the project and their readiness to fully engage with the ILO to ensure the success of the KAB pilot phase hoping that the programme could be nationalized at a later stage and taken on board by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
A detailed presentation was made by Mr. Samih Jaber, ILO KAB Regional Key Facilitator, on the KAB programme content and implementation modality and experiences/lessons learned from the implementation of the programme in other Arab countries were shared. The afternoon session was dedicated to Q&As and to draw the workplan of the KAB Jordan project.
KAB Awareness Workshops at the Development and Employment Fund- Jordan October 2011Friday, 23 December 2011 07:35
At the request of the Development and Employment Fund in Jordan, a KAB Awareness Workshop was held on Monday 24 October at the DEF offices. The workshop was jointly facilitated by Mr. Samih Jaber, KAB Regional Key Facilitator, Ms. Rania Bikhazi and Ms. Alexandra Irani. The workshop was attended by all department directors to ensure their exposure and understanding of the KAB Programme prior to its implementation. Special interest was depicted from the directors and managers of the loan disbursement and training departments.
A side meeting was held with the Director of DEF, Mr. Omar Omari, to finalize the proposed KAB project document for implementation during 2012-2013. DEF is expected to sign an MOU with the ILO early 2012 to initiate the project.
Playing the Business Game at the BDC- Amman, Jordan November 2011Friday, 23 December 2011 06:15
As part of the business development center's (BDC) continuous efforts to spread awareness on entrepreneurship and build the NCET teachers' training skills, a Business Game session was held on Saturday November 26th 2011. The Game was facilitated by 4 KAB Teachers from the NCET with the participation of 20 candidates from the Maharat program.
Maharat is a USAID funded program which provides youth with training and employment opportunities based on the belief that access to productive work is the best way for youth to realize their aspirations, improve their living conditions, and actively participate in society. The Maharat program enhances economic development by achieving the following objectives:
- Improve the business and personal skills of recent university and college graduates
- Create new jobs for recent university and college graduates
- Unleash youth’s potentials, capabilities, innovation and creativity through promoting entrepreneurial skills among them
Second round of KAB courses at BDC JordanThursday, 22 December 2011 14:22
The second phase of KAB courses at the National Company for Employment and Training started on December 18th 2011. A total of 370 students will be taught by 20 NCET teachers from various vocational training specialities who attended a KAB TOF and have already delivered a first round of courses. The training will take place till March 15th 2011 where both BDC and ILO will be conducting monitoring visits to evaluate the teachers' performance for their certification as KAB National Facilitators.
GEW 2011 at BDC Amman, JordanThursday, 22 December 2011 13:58
The Business Development Center, which is currently ILO's national counterpart in Jordan for the delivery of KAB at the National Company for Employment and Training, hosted around 40 activities and workshops on entrepreneurship which were attended by 577 participants as part of the annual celebration for "The Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011" from November 14th -21st 2011. BDC aimed to contribute to fostering an entrepreneurship culture in Jordan.
The activities included awareness sessions for youth targeting Jordanian senior undergraduates from different universities and fresh graduates in different governorates.
37 activities were conducted in universities from 16 to 21 November and included interactive discussions and exercises facilitated by trainers specialized in entrepreneurship. Jordanian entrepreneurs shared the secrets behind their success and explained how they overcame all challenges faced in establishing and managing a business.
BDC launched the 36th Entrepreneurship Training Workshop on November 19th , 2011 with the participation of 18 business men and women.
Additionally, BDC conducted a "Youth Entrepreneurship Training" workshop in Aqaba. 35 fresh graduates coming from different universities and who were willing to open their own businesses participated in the training which lasted for 10 hours and focused on entrepreneurship attitudes and skills. The workshop was facilitated by a UNCTAD certified trainer, Mr. Fadi Sharaiha. The same workshop was also held in Amman from November 25 to 30 and was attended by 19 entrepreneurs.
KAB Follow-Up Workshop at BDC Amman, JordanWednesday, 21 December 2011 14:40
A KAB Follow-up Workshop was held at the BDC offices in Amman from 8 to 13 October 2011. 24 facilitator attended from NCET the workshop that was delivered by Ms. Dania Achi and Mr. Ahmed Abdulbari, KAB Regional Key Facilitators.
The workshop was held after the end of the first KAB sessions in which 189 students participated at the National Company for Employment and Training. KAB teachers shared delivery experiences and discussed challenges faced during implementation. Ms. Achi and Mr. Abdulbary reviewed the delivery techniques of the KAB teachers and came up with recommendations to expand KAB's outreach at the NCET.