The youth unemployment rate has always been high in Jordan. As a result of the Syrian crisis, the country witnessed a dramatic increase of that rate, from 14.6% to 31.9%. Bothorana conducted a survey and field analysis among young Jordanians and Syrians in Mafraq, which pointed out the lack of HE courses in the Governorate that could increase their chances of finding work. Although there is one vocational training center in all of Mafraq, it is very difficult to access and its courses are not up-to-date. Yet the Vocational Training Plan of Jordan's Vision 2025 and the ILO 2016-2018 Local Economic Development Strategy for Mafraq have highlighted the need for an expansion of training courses in order to foster economic resilience. Bothorana is therefore building partnerships with organizations such as the Jordan Engineers Association to offer more vocational training opportunities in Mafraq. Training in the Academy will also focus on the acquisition of soft skills needed by youth to prepare for and enter the job market.
The 2011 refugee crisis put a lot of strains on the capacity of local public services and organisations to respond to communities’ needs. This is particularly the case when it comes to access to education. This is why Bothorana offers consulting services as well as field support services on different levels to local institutions and NGOs that want to improve educational services and teaching quality in Mafraq. Training includes: a. capacity building, b. access to modern teaching methods, and c. development of a strategy to implement up-to-date educational activities.
Bothorana offers training for employees of local companies and institutions. Given that the population in Mafraq has doubled since the Syrian war broke out, social tensions have arisen because civil society cannot increase its cooperation with the government and private sector to build resilience and address cohesion‐related challenges.