YTJ Activities

YTJ ACTIVITIES

YTJ seeks to catalyze the symbiotic, self-sustaining growth of supply (skilled, employable youth) and demand (digital and digitally-enabled enterprises and entities seeking to employ youth) in Jordan through funding, capacity building, incentive packages, partnerships and other mechanisms and modalities. Its activities include:

1- Support the establishment of the digital skills training ecosystem through the National Sector Skills Council for ICT (Digiskills)

YTJ will seek to enhance the quality of the following activities:

Conducting demand and supply assessments

Qualifying and contracting training service providers to upskill youth on the latest and highly demanded digital technologies

Creating relevant national awareness campaigns

Creating relevant online training materials

 

2- Development & roll-out of a digital skills curriculum

Focusing on grades 7 – 12 in public schools, this activity will aim to:

Identify gaps in the existing information technology curriculum in schools

Develop context-relevant technology learning assets

Train teachers on the new curriculum

Roll-out the new curriculum in a systematic way across public classrooms

 

3- Upgrade, equip, and manage 3-5 Tech Hubs

Tech Hubs are enabling venues, co-working and networking spaces that will be utilized throughout the project by freelancers, entrepreneurs, civil society organizations, ITO businesses in nearby communities for various activities.

The YTJ project will finance the upgrading, equipping, and managing the selected Tech Hubs for three years.

 

4- Support digital firms and digital entrepreneurs in accessing new markets

YTJ will provide incentive packages and matching grants for business development activities designed to

support  Jordanian digital firms, including ITO-BPO firms and digital entrepreneurs to expand into new regional and global markets (GCC countries, Europe, China, India, and the USA, etc.)

create new jobs, focusing specifically on youth, women, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in underserved communities.

Incentive Packages:

A- Employment Subsidy Incentive (Talent):

Objective

Employment Subsidy Incentive (Talent) aims to incentivize digital firms to create new jobs in the digital economy by providing employment subsidies that will cover up to 50% of new Jordanian employees’ salaries for the first 6 months of their employment.

The Incentive is open for digital or digitally enabled firms (focusing on ITO/BPO) with at least one year of operation, and a clear hiring plan.

                         Further details on the incentive and application process can be found via grow.jo

B- Market Expansion Incentive:

Objective:

Market Expansion Incentive aims to support the business development efforts of digital firms seeking to expand and secure new contracts in new local, regional, and international markets (GCC countries, Europe, China, India, and the USA, etc.) through providing matching grants (up to US$ 100,000) to cover up to 50% of the cost of business development plans.

The incentive aims to build linkages between Jordanian digital firms and potential buyers in regional/global markets in order to provide access to new business opportunities that lead to increased revenues and subsequently jobs creation.

The Incentive is open for digital or digitally enabled firms (focusing on ITO/BPO) with at least one year of operation, and a clear market expansion plan.

Further details on the incentive and application process can be found via grow.jo

5- Support the growth and adoption of the GIG economy

YTJ will utilize technology, including online freelancing,  marketplace platforms, and job matching and networking platforms, to support vulnerable youth, women and refugees in accessing income generating opportunities.

YTJ will provide matching grants (up to US$ 200,000) to Civil Society Organizations to cover up to 80% of the total costs of their proposed interventions to recruit, upskill, and onboard the targeted beneficiaries on the digital platforms.

The grant is open for registered civil society organization (CSO) or a non-profit organization (NPO) with at least one year of operation, experience working with youth, women and refugees in underserved communities and an innovative model for a digital gig platform.

Further details on the incentive and application process can be found via grow.jo

6- Support digital transformation of service delivery to citizens and businesses, through increased reliance on the private sector

The project will focus on re-engineering and digitizing key services provided by various ministries and entities and will target re-engineering and automation of business processes of services identified by MoDEE through a consultative prioritization exercise.

Additional activities will focus on strengthening the regulatory framework to enable e-services (e-signature, e-transaction, data exchange, authentication of e-documents, and interface with the national digital ID system) and promote responsible data use.

 

7- Digitize payments associated with government services

The project will support the government to advance penetration of digital payments in Jordan supporting e-payments for all applicable government services.

Key activities will focus on a. developing an overarching government payments architecture and roadmap, b. supporting and growing capacity of an intergovernmental task force for the digitization of government payments and revenues, c. developing a set of rules, policies, and procedures that ensure satisfactory completion of digitization projects, d. establishing and implementing a comprehensive change management program for digital payment system, e. developing and implementing required digital G2P payment enablers, (both software and hard ware) (e-KYC, IBan verification, etc) and f. implementing IT enhancements in the ID systems to meet the needs of the financial sector