The Government of Australia and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed a project agreement that aims to support vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees working in Jordan’s floriculture sector through interventions that improve their working conditions, enhance their skills and boost their employability in the sector.

The project, which will be implemented in targeted farms in the governorates of Madaba and Irbid, will ensure the inclusion of a large percentage of women and people with disabilities in its activities.

Activities will focus on supporting workers in skills development and certification, enhancing their access to employment opportunities and income-generating activities in floriculture farms. This will be done through training and certifying a pool of one thousand workers to advance their skills using ILO skills training methodology. It will also include Training of Trainers (TOT) for female floriculture workers to train others in areas such as Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

"Australia is pleased to work with the ILO and other partners to create new training and employment opportunities in floriculture for vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees, including women and people with disabilities," said the Australian Ambassador to Jordan, Miles Armitage.

Activities will also focus on prompting decent working conditions through the provision of unified contracts, work injury insurance, occupational safety and health equipment, codes of conduct for fair recruitment and electronic payment systems. They will address child labour in the sector, through identification and referral mechanisms supporting children to access appropriate services.

"The floriculture sector in Jordan has experienced considerable growth in recent years, yet as with the wider agriculture sector, there are areas which need to be addressed to improve conditions for workers," said Maha Kattaa, ILO Senior Resilience and Crisis Response Specialist in the Arab States region. "We will implement concrete and measurable pilot interventions on targeted farms to improve working conditions through the application of a compliance model, while also help equip workers with competencies required to boost their employability and up-scale operations at the farm level."

The project will work with floriculture producers to help them access new local, regional and international markets, through the development of marketing material and export coaching.

The activities will be implemented jointly with a number of key partners, including the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Agriculture, The Jordan Agricultural Engineers Association, Vocational Training Corporation, The Jordanian Association of Cut Flowers and Ornamental Plants, private sector actors and national training providers.

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