Under the patronage of the Minister of Labour, Nayef Zakaria Istitieh, Orange Jordan today, Sunday, August 14, 2022, signed a cooperation agreement with the Vocational Training Corporation to start the Orange FabLab digital manufacturing laboratory, a programming academy and a business incubator at ‘ a vocational training institute in Salt, Al Balqa governorate. The General Manager of the Vocational Training Corporation, Eng. Ahmed Mufleh Gharaibeh, and the Executive Vice President/Executive Director of Finance and Strategy at Orange Jordan, Raslan Deiranieh, accept under the “Innovation Space” project a three-year program, implemented with the support of the European Union through the “Innovation” -program For entrepreneurial growth and jobs “Jordan Innovation” for digital empowerment and promoting a culture of innovation at scale.
The free digital programs to be launched at the Vocational Training Corporation in Al-Balqa’ are a continuation of the “Innovation Space” project, which works to expand the circle of free digital Orange programs and give young men and women the opportunity to give to take advantage. of training in digital fields necessary to improve their employment opportunities and enable them to launch their entrepreneurial projects.
Under the agreement, the collaboration programs between the two parties will include the Orange FabLab digital fabrication laboratory to train the participants on the skills of digital fabrication devices and tools to enable them to produce prototypes for their ideas and projects, while the Programming Academy will provides integrated training for students over a period of 7 months, including programming languages, with the aim of “training for employment”, as well as an incubator through which Orange will support start-up projects to promote their growth and expansion.
The Minister of Labour, Nayef Zakaria Istitieh, confirmed that in response to the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein and His Highness the Crown Prince, Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II, the cooperation agreement comes after a number of meetings and workshops. during the past five months with Orange Jordan, which is the leading digital provider And the official in the Kingdom and one of the companies affiliated with the global Orange Group, through its social responsibility strategy, with the aim of having a sustainable impact on the making lives of Jordanians based on its social role and its leadership position by working on the implementation of various free digital programs to empower more Jordanians and improve digital inclusion for the benefit of economic and social development.
The Executive Vice President/Executive Director of Finance and Strategy at Orange Jordan, Raslan Deirnieh, expressed his happiness with Orange Jordan’s collaboration with the Vocational Training Corporation to achieve common goals that contribute to equipping young men and women with the skills needed is to empower them and increase their participation in development and the labor market, pointing out that the presence of Orange digital programs In Al-Balqa, it comes to include the different regions of the Kingdom as part of the expansion of these projects in the north, south and the capital, where the number of beneficiaries/certifications granted by them reached 20,000 within the framework of the “Innovation Space” project in partnership with the European Union.
Deirnieh confirmed the company’s commitment to continue expanding the circle of programs within the “Innovation Space” project, based on Orange’s role as a leading and responsible digital provider in sustainable empowerment that the beneficiaries’ contribution to economic and social growth, and emphasizes its pride in the strategic partnerships that contribute to achieving this.
On his part, the Director General of the Vocational Training Corporation, Engineer Ahmed Mufleh Gharaibeh, said that the Corporation is keen to strengthen partnership with all stakeholders in the vocational and technical training sector in all development sectors to provide sustainable training and employment opportunities for men. and female youth, and to contribute to government efforts that seek to provide employment opportunities for youth in all governorates of the Kingdom.
Gharaibeh added that as part of its future plans, the Corporation will focus on training in the areas of modern technological applications, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, robotics science and programming, and data management.
The EU-funded “Innovation Space” project expands the scope of Orange digital projects to include the establishment of 9 digital community centers, 5 new coding academies, 5 manufacturing labs, 8 growth accelerators for start-ups and business incubators, as well as an innovation hub in Amman’s Orange Digital Village.
This initiative is a pioneering project in Jordan and a destination that brings together everything needed for digital creativity and entrepreneurial support, as it will introduce more young people to digital culture and develop their digital skills, in addition to nurturing the entrepreneurship sector through important opportunities identify what will promote the growth of the digital economy.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 42.5 billion euros in 2021 and 140,000 employees worldwide as of December 31, 2021, including 78,000 employees in France. The company serves a customer base of 271 million customers as of December 31, 2021, including 224 million mobile users and 23 million fixed broadband internet users. The company is present in 26 countries around the world and is the main provider of ICT services to multinational companies around the world under the Business Services Orange brand. In December 2019, the group launched its new strategic plan “Engage 2025”, which stems from its commitment to its social and environmental responsibility, and which aims to restructure Orange’s business model as a services operator. Where, the company will accelerate the growth of its most important products, focus on data and artificial intelligence in creating its own innovation model, and strengthen its position as a responsible employer that offers attractive working conditions adapted to emerging professions.