Training for plumbers in Jordan

Training of "water-wise plumbers" in Jordan

Jordan is known as one of the most water-poor countries in the world. Yet so far it has not been using its scarce water resources efficiently enough. In many places, the pipe network is in poor condition. Maintenance is inadequate and there is a lack of well-trained staff. As a result, some 40 per cent of all water is lost on its way to consumers. Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria, more than 655,000 refugees have come to Jordan and they all need drinking water. The pipe network is in urgent need of improvement.

Better opportunities for locals and refugees

On behalf of the BMZ, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is therefore helping with training for plumbers. The aim is to help reduce water loss in households and give both local people and refugees new employment opportunities. GIZ is partnering with the governmental Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) and with five of its vocational schools in the central and northern governorates.

More acceptance of women in skilled trades

More than one third of the trainees are refugees. 50 per cent are women. This will not only increase public acceptance of women working in skilled trades, it will also make the project more effective, because Jordanian tradition does not allow male plumbers to come and work in a household unless a male family member is present. A female plumber, however, can work in the house even if all the men are absent.

"I want to continue working as a plumber so I can make my own living," says Fatima Aseedeh, who is from Syria. Her Jordanian colleague Isra Batayneh agrees: "My training as a plumber makes me independent. And I am able to enter a new field of work that used to be a male preserve."