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HTU, DCO partner on apprenticeship program

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AMMAN — Al-Hussein Technical University (HTU), a Crown Prince Foundation initiative, and the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) on Wednesday announced their collaboration on an apprenticeship program to enhance the employability of graduates through study plans established in partnership with industry, and tailored to the needs of the job market.اضافة اعلان

The DCO, with a focus on digital economy initiatives supporting youth, entrepreneurs, and women across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, will work with HTU to tailor its successful education model to other DCO member state countries, whose combined population represents over half a billion people, 70 percent of them under the age of 35.

HTU will also formalize its commitment to the DCO’s mission by joining as an official observer organization, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. HTU is the second Jordanian entity after the Information and Communications Technology Association to join the DCO as an observer.

The partnership signifies a shared commitment to providing opportunities for youth in the digital economy and builds on the DCO’s already growing membership ecosystem comprising pioneering digital organizations across government, the private sector, international organizations, NGOs, and civil society with a united goal to create global digital prosperity.

HTU President Ismael Al-Hinti said the university is excited to join the DCO as an observer due to its track record of enabling digital prosperity, adding that the missions of the DCO and HTU are aligned in fostering a new generation of highly qualified digital professionals.

"Connecting our graduates with immediate workplace opportunities is one of our core missions,” the president said, adding that by partnering with DCO the university will be able to share its experiences with its international counterparts.

For her part, DCO Secretary-General Deemah Al-Yahya said that according to the International Labor Organization, nearly 16 percent of global graduates are unemployed, adding "we speak a lot about upskilling our workforce, but not enough about shaping the education of students to meet the needs of future employers and ensure that young people share in economic prosperity".

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