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Soft Skills or Hard Cash? : What Works for Female Employment in Jordan?

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ACTIVE LABOR ACTIVE LABOR MARKET ACTIVE LABOR MARKET POLICIES ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS ADOLESCENT GIRLS ADULT WOMEN AGE GROUP BANK ACCOUNT BARRIERS TO ENTRY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER CAREER CAREER SERVICES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE CHILD CARE CIVIL SOCIETY CLERKS COLLATERAL COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS COLLEGE GRADUATE COLLEGE GRADUATES COLLEGE STUDENTS COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM COMMUNITY COLLEGES COMMUNITY SURVEY COMPLETION RATES CURRICULUM CUSTOMER SERVICE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DEVELOPMENT BANK DIFFERENTIATED IMPACT DISADVANTAGED GROUPS DISSEMINATION EARLY MARRIAGE EARNINGS ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES ECONOMIC ACTIVITY ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES EDUCATED MEN EDUCATED WOMEN EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT EDUCATIONAL LEVEL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA EMPLOYABILITY EMPLOYEE EMPLOYER EMPLOYERS EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT CREATION EMPLOYMENT DURATION EMPLOYMENT GENERATION EMPLOYMENT IMPACT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS EMPLOYMENT RATE EMPLOYMENT RATES EMPLOYMENT STATUS EMPOWERMENT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FACT SHEET FACT SHEETS FAMILIES FAMILY MEMBERS FAMILY ROLES FEMALE EMPLOYMENT FEMALE LABOR FEMALE LABOR FORCE FEMALE PARTICIPATION FEMALE POPULATION FEMALE RESPONDENTS FEMALE STUDENTS FINANCES FINANCIAL BURDEN FINANCIAL MEANS FINANCIAL RESOURCES FIRST MARRIAGE FURTHER EDUCATION GENDER GENDER NORMS HEALTH SERVICES HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES HIGHER EDUCATION HOME COUNTRIES HOUSEHOLD ASSETS HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS HOUSEHOLD WEALTH HOUSEHOLDS HUMAN HEALTH HUMAN RESOURCE HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IMMIGRANT IMMIGRANTS INFORMATION MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM INFORMATION SYSTEMS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION INTERVENTIONS JOB CREATION JOB EXPERIENCE JOB MARKET JOB OPPORTUNITIES JOB SEARCH JOB SKILLS JOBS LABOR FORCE LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION LABOR LAW LABOR LAWS LABOR MARKET LABOR MARKET CONDITIONS LABOR MARKET OUTCOMES LABOR MARKETS LEARNING LEVEL OF EDUCATION LIFE EVENTS LIMITED ACCESS LIMITED RESOURCES LITERATURE LOCAL UNIVERSITIES MARITAL STATUS MARRIED WOMEN MINIMUM WAGE MINISTRIES OF LABOR MINORITY MOTHER NATIONAL COUNCIL NUMBER OF PEOPLE NURSERY SCHOOLS NURSES OCCUPATIONS OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN OUTREACH PAYROLL TAXES POLICY MAKERS PREGNANCY PRIMARY OBJECTIVE PRIMARY REASON PRIVATE SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR ACTIVITY PRIVATE SECTOR FIRMS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR PROGRESS PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS RETAIL TRADE ROLE OF WOMEN SCHOOLS SECRETARIES SELF-ASSESSMENT SELF-CONFIDENCE SKILLS TRAINING SOCIAL ACTION SOCIAL IMPACT SOCIAL NORMS SOCIAL SECURITY SOCIAL SERVICES SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TEACHERS TEACHING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TECHNICAL SKILLS TEMPORARY JOBS TRAINING COMPONENT TRAINING CONTENT TRAINING COSTS TRAINING COURSE TRAINING FACILITIES TRAINING GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM TRAINING PROGRAMS TRAINING QUALITY TRAINING SERVICES TRAINING VOUCHER TRANSPORTATION UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION UNEDUCATED MEN UNEMPLOYED UNEMPLOYED FEMALE UNEMPLOYED WOMEN UNEMPLOYMENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATES UNIVERSITIES UNIVERSITY COLLEGE UNIVERSITY DEGREE UNIVERSITY DEGREES UNIVERSITY EDUCATION UNIVERSITY GRADUATES VOCATIONAL TRAINING VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS VOUCHERS WAGE EMPLOYMENT WAGE SUBSIDIES WAGE SUBSIDY WAGE SUBSIDY EVALUATIONS WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS WOMAN WORK ACTIVITIES WORK EXPERIENCE WORKER WORKERS WORKFORCE YOUNG MEN YOUNG PEOPLE YOUNG WOMEN YOUNG WORKERS YOUTH YOUTH EMPLOYMENT YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Middle East and North Africa | Jordan
2017-06-05T16:42:52Z | 2017-06-05T16:42:52Z | 2012

Jordan faces extremely high levels of youth unemployment: 19 percent of male and 48 percent of female youth between the ages of 19 to 24 years old want to work but can't find jobs. For men, the transition from school to work is slow (on average 15 months), but for women the school to work transition often never takes place. In this context of high female unemployment and low female labor force participation, the Jordanian government, requested the World Bank's support to develop an employment pilot targeting female community college graduates in 2009. This pilot is part of a broader technical assistance program supporting the reform of the public community college system in Jordan. The objective of the Jordan New work Opportunities for Women (NOW) pilot was to increase female labor force participation and help women gain real world job experience. In particular, the hope was to improve information between firms and potential workers, create an opportunity to change negative stereotypes from firms and young women about women's role in the labor market, and improve soft skills and communication. Overall, the objectives of the Jordan NOW pilot were to increase labor force participation and to give young female graduates a chance to accrue some work experience.

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