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Jordan’s Luminus Education, founded by Ibrahim Safadi, was awarded a €5 million grant from the EU to increase work preparedness and entrepreneurship among Jordanians and Syrian refugees. The three-year project will also establish an innovation and entrepreneurship center called Fab Lab, which will provide comprehensive business development services to high potential start-ups and existing SME businesses.
Luminus Education fosters vocational, technical and soft skills amongst Arab youth through its education centers in Jordan, Iraq, UAE and the UK. Luminus caters to job seekers that do not have the skills needed for the workforce. Since its founding in 2007, Luminus has grown to employ over 550 people and graduated nearly 35,000 students from its training programs.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, visited Jordan with a delegation in January and met with Ibrahim. Commissioner Hahn reiterated the EU’s support of Jordan, which is undertaking rigorous efforts in hosting refugees.
“We are pleased to fund these two important projects facilitated by Luminus Group, and we anticipate that their outcomes will enable young Syrians and Jordanians to enhance their job prospects and create new businesses that will, in turn, create more jobs and raise local economies within Jordan,” said Commissioner Hahn in a statement.
The first project will enhance work preparedness and life skills among young Syrians and Jordanians in Amman, Zarqa, Irbid and Mafraq. The second initiative is aimed at creating private sector jobs and enhancing the economic growth potential of local economies in the northern cities of Irbid and Mafraq.
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Ibrahim meeting with the EU delegation
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