The UNRWA technical vocational education and training programme (TVET) provides practical training to young Palestine refugees. It equips them with the relevant skills and expertise for Middle Eastern labour markets.
The Agency runs ten vocational and technical training centres with a capacity for 6,600 trainees. Three types of courses are offered:
We also offer short-term training courses of 8 to 40 weeks, focusing on:
These courses are organised in response to local needs, in cooperation with NGOs. Most trainees succeed in securing employment.
The programme is run by the TVET Division in Amman. It provides professional guidance and assumes overall technical responsibility for the planning, management, development and restructuring of all UNRWA’s training courses.
UNRWA provides professional and career guidance for students, and placements for its graduates. Surveys of UNRWA graduate trainees routinely show high success rates in finding jobs or self-employment within one year of graduation.
Graduates of UNRWA training institutions also tend to achieve very high pass rates in state certifying examinations.
Despite their overall good performance, UNRWA training centres face challenges because of the Agency’s budgetary constraints, including:
The Agency is maximising its use of existing resources and introducing new training techniques, such as online and distance learning, to increase the number of available training places.
In a pilot project, UNRWA’s Damascus Training Centre offered one-year training programmes in seven areas where there was high demand from the local labour market. The new strategy is based on a competency-based training approach, with the courses tailored to specific market needs. The Division plans to introduce this model at other training centres.
Since 1954, nearly 83,000 Palestine refugee men and women have graduated from UNRWA training centres and education science faculties. These graduates’ active involvement in the economic life of the Middle East has contributed to social stability and partially offset the high unemployment rates affecting many refugee communities