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Seaside view of the jordan city of Aqaba at the Red Sea (Copy)

YCI was first launched in Jordan in 2007 when the hotels Marriott, Four Seasons and Sheraton piloted the programme in Amman. Over nine years of operation, YCI in Jordan has grown to include Grand Hyatt, Le Meridien, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental.

In 2013, YCI Jordan expanded its operations to the resort town of Aqaba where three hotels, namely the Radisson Blu, the InterContinental and the DoubleTree by Hilton are now also running the life and work skills programme.
From the programmes inception in Jordan in 2007 through to 2016, under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) coordinated the local operation of the programme successfully. JRF worked to engage non-profit partners that have provided further support and added value to the training programmes in Amman and Aqaba.

Following nine years of successful partnership with the Jordan River Foundation (JRF), YCI is seeking new implementing partners in Jordan who share YCI’s mission to transform disadvantaged young people’s lives in partnership with the world’s leading hotel companies. JRF concludes its implementing role in 2016, but remains as a strategic partner during this transition.

Alongside a search for new implementing partners, plans are underway to further expand the programme to the Dead Sea resort area, which would become the third YCI location in Jordan.

Jordan has been affected by the wider economic recession as well as by the Arab Spring. These two events have caused high figures of unemployment. Young people, who account for the biggest part of the population (over 50% of Jordanians are under 25 years old), are worst off with 27% unable to find a job in 2012. Factors including poor educational career guidance and a gap in marketable skill sets play a big role in the country’s unemployment crisis.

On a positive note, attention is increasingly given to the travel and tourism sector as a driving force for the local economy. The industry has important employment opportunities considering that in 2013 it contributed by 21.7% to national GDP. The government is aiming to increase the number and the effectiveness of the relevant vocational programmes, which are only being used to a small extent at the moment.

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YCI Locations in Jordan

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YCI Jordan Gallery

  • YCI Photo Competition Spring 2014 - Practical Training category winner: InterContinental Aqaba Resort

  • Student Karam Shanaa and YCI Regional Coordinator Samron Adane at the Kempinski Aqaba

  • training in the hot kitchen at InterContinental Amman

  • training in housekeeping department at InterContinental Amman

  • training in the pastry kitchen at InterContinental Amman

  • bar training at InterContinental Aqaba