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Sector Skills Councils are innovative employer-led bodies that promote skills and human capital policies in a specific sectors based on industry needs. They are an essential mechanism to shape skills policy reforms in alignment with the changing demands of today’s labour markets – and a key tool to addressing persistent skills mismatch challenges across a wide range of countries and sectors.
The National Sector Skills Council for Tourism and Hospitality (SSC H&T) was established in 2018 as a private sector-led entity to improve skills relevance of graduates of the education and TEVT system to the tourism industry needs.
The SSC H&T is supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“the EBRD” or “the Bank”) believes that economic inclusion is integral to development. Based on the concept of equality of opportunity, the Bank measures the extent to which economic institutions, markets and education systems extend economic opportunities to individuals regardless of their specific circumstances, such as their place of birth, gender or, with regard to young adults, social background.
In 2013, EBRD integrated a focus on economic inclusion into its transition mandate. Since then, the Bank’s unique private sector led inclusion model is creating pathways into jobs and training for young people, women and rural populations whilst addressing challenges businesses face due to skills shortages, lack of workforce diversity or inadequate access to new markets.
The EBRD inclusion model is simple: the Bank supports its clients to develop tailored training programmes to improve productivity, reduce staff turnover and attract better talent, which – at the same time – contribute towards expanding access to training and employment opportunities for young people, women, and to disadvantaged regions. Put differently, the model creates win / win situations by establishing solid partnerships between the Bank’s clients (employers) and education providers to introduce training opportunities and apprenticeships or traineeship programmes that directly address employer’s skills mismatch and productivity challenges.
The value added by the EBRD lies in its leverage of private sector clients and its capacity to provide technical advice that allows all parties to harness the value of collaboration to achieve their objectives: for private sector clients to enhance profitability through a better skilled workforce, and for young people to gain the right skills to get decent jobs.
At the upstream, the Bank supports the setting up of public / private policy dialogue platforms to inform training providers of the skills needed by the private sector. The EBRD has developed a successful policy engagement programme that directly leverages the Bank’s engagement with its clients to facilitate the development of SSCs in priority sectors. Successful policy engagements and setting up of Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are visible across EBRD’s Countries of Operations including SSC in Jordan in the hospitality and tourism sector, SSC in Electrical Equipment sub-industry in Egypt, a policy platform in Turkey to strengthen partnerships between the private sector and education and training providers to enhance training and skills standards in manufacturing and agribusiness and SSC in Tourism in Albania.
The National Strategy for Human Resources Development (HRD) emphasized the role of the private sector in developing a skilled workforce necessary for achieving Jordan’s economic growth objectives. The Strategy for Human Resources Development mandates that “the provision of TVET in Jordan is fully aligned with and responsive to the evolving needs of employers.” This emphasizes the need for employers, including those in the private sector, to be engaged in TVET and skills development to qualify a workforce with the skills and education necessary to succeed.
Law No. 9 for the year 2019 was passed in mid-2019 and provided for the establishment of a new entity called the Technical and Vocational Skills Development Commission (TVSDC), governed by a Board chaired by His Excellency the Minister of Labor, with representatives from the relevant government authorities and private sector. The law provided that there will be established private sector-led Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and provided that these SSCs be consultative committees that will work closely with the Commission.
Sector-specific councils with a skills development mandate are important to move to demand-led education and training across Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Such a demand-led system will enable employers and learning to drive the skills and training provision, the types and levels of skills required, and the quantity. Thus, Sector Skills Councils play a crucial role in skills development in the country. The purpose of these councils is to ensure that employee training is relevant to occupational and industry needs, and that training is aligned with the Human Resources Development Strategy for Jordan.
National Sector Skills Councils’ mission is to provide strong employer leadership that is capable of delivering sustained improvements in public and private sectors’ productivity and competitiveness through the better use and development of people's skills. They provide bridges between the labour market and the education and training systems to improve the match between demand and supply on the labour market.
Sector Skills Councils:
1. Are the voice for people development in the sector they represent, sharing best practice and encouraging excellence in training
2. Bring together employers to present opinions and ideas about skills development policy and practice to Governments and training providers
3. Work together with employers to create and develop training and skills development solutions that work.
4. Bridge between the public and private sectors to support skills development informed by market demands.
Research on existing Sector Skills Councils around the world proves their value to address human resource development needs across various industries:
· Employees are able to gain the skills they need to start or stay in their jobs.
· Employers will have access to candidates equipped with the necessary and competitive skills to excel
· Learning institutions benefit with access to relevant curricula, funding, and links to employers and their needs
· The Government benefits as more of the workforce is able to gain skills to support their employment