Luminus for Social Development – a Luminus Education subsidiary – was founded in 2017 to enhance the employability of underprivileged youth and work closely with other group partners on a wide range of local activities, including:
- Training both individuals and institutions in marginalized and disadvantaged communities to build their capacities and improve their socioeconomic conditions.
- Raising awareness on the importance of community development, sustainability, and community engagement.
- Creating job-generating projects for vulnerable Jordanian youth and Syrian, Palestinian, Yemeni, Sudanese, and other refugees.
- Providing training within short supply economic sectors and professions.
- Linking qualified Jordanians and refugees to suitable opportunities within the job market.
- Offering scholarships.
To contribute to Jordan’s welfare by promoting and undertaking not-for-profit career guidance activities alongside Luminus Education partners that are equally committed to effecting a positive change in the lives of vulnerable groups.
To provide access to high-quality, affordable employment-focused education geared towards refugees and vulnerable Jordanian youth living in host communities. Luminus for Social Development has been actively contributing to the Jordan Response Plan for the Syrian Crisis, Jordan Economic Growth Plan 2018-2022, and several other government and donor initiatives aimed at supporting vulnerable groups – particularly youth and women.
Luminus for Social Development has developed and implemented several innovative and affordable solutions that demonstrate its ability to deliver diverse projects, including:
- Facilitating refugee access to certified vocational and technical training in employable specializations – Abdullah Al Ghurair Foundation for Education (AGFE)
- Improved Access to Employment and Entrepreneurship for Youth in Jordan – Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
- Providing quality TVET programs and facilitating employment – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
- Providing On-The-Job Training (OJT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) training and certification for Jordanian, refugees and vulnerable groups in construction and construction-related sectors in Jordan – International Labour Organization (ILO)
- Strengthening Social Entrepreneurship for Migration and Development – Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED)
- Establishing the first mobile Fab Lab – Orange Jordan
- Improving education and employment prospects for Jordanians and refugees in the agri-food sector through a connected and inclusive entrepreneurship program – Stichting iCRA Global (NUFFIC)
Community Outreach Expertise
Luminus for Social Development leverages multiple channels to outreach refugees and Jordanian beneficiaries from host communities by collaborating with relevant agencies, community-based organizations, municipalities, and community representatives to identify potential participants within target communities. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 7,800 to date, 44 percent of whom are female.
Education for Employment Model
As Luminus Education programs aim to deliver education for employment, the first step undertaken is employer engagement by the Employment Hub to determine the demand levels and skills required for all training courses. Employer input is highly encouraged – be it through participating in worker recruitment and selection, guest speaking, presenting master classes, and attending job fairs. The Employment Hub team works in tandem with program managers and teachers from different departments to guarantee the vocational programs are demand-driven and address skill gaps to ensure qualified youth enter the job market and secure employment.