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ICT Bridge Programme to begin accepting applications

By Mohammad Ghazal - Dec 31,2012 - Last updated at Dec 31,2012

AMMAN — Starting Tuesday,  ICT graduates in the Kingdom can apply to benefit from a programme to enhance their employability, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.

ICT graduates wishing to enrol in the ICT training and innovation programme (also called the “Bridge Programme”) can either dial 06 5805751 or visit the ministry’s website for more details, a source at the ministry told The Jordan Times on Monday.

The programme, developed in partnership with the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), is intended to train ICT graduates with the required skills to secure jobs, generate a proficient labour force and increase Jordan’s competitive advantage in attracting foreign investments in the ICT industry, the ministry said in a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times.

Beneficiaries will receive training in technical skills as well as the English language and other soft skills highly in demand in the sector.

Those who complete training in the programme can then get a six-month paid internship at a local ICT company.

HRH Princess Sumaya, president of the Royal Scientific Society, said the increasing number of ICT graduates and rising unemployment among them required a serious and effective plan to address the issue.

In a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times, the princess also underlined the need for supporting innovation to foster the ICT industry in the country.

According to the ICT Association of Jordan (int@j), about 5,000 ICT students graduate annually, 3,000 of whom find jobs in the Kingdom, while the rest either remain unemployed or find jobs abroad.

The sector, which contributes around 14 per cent to Jordan’s gross domestic product, has so far created about 80,000 jobs.

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