RACA launches its second technical vocational training

RACA launches its second technical vocational training

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA), headed by Jacques Rossel, has launched its second technical and vocational training program.

The three-month intensive training program, which has been designed for 120 candidates, is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is in collaboration with the Swiss non-profit organization Swisscontact. It aims to help youth develop the necessary vocational competencies and skills for entry-level jobs in the hospitality and culinary arts industry.

During the signing event, Emilija Georgieva, the Swiss Ambassador to Amman, said: “I am proud of the good reputation of RACA as a culinary arts school in Jordan, operating at the highest international level and applying our proven Swiss experience in merging theoretical teaching with practical, hands-on training. The program, which is focused on hospitality and tourism, contributes to a better acceptance of vocational education. RACA is well positioned among employers in the wide-ranging and promising Jordanian hospitality and tourism sector, and contributes toward a more inclusive and market-relevant vocational education system”.

Georgieva also noted Switzerland’s commitment to supporting Jordan in its quest to reduce unemployment, especially among women and youth through an efficient and resilient education system with private-sector involvement.

Ulrich Stucki, MENA’s regional director at Swisscontact, stated that the program aims to make the hospitality and tourism sector in Jordan more competitive and sustainable.

This aligns with Swisscontact’s goal to cooperate with local partners and experts, contributing to positive socio-economic developments in Jordan by focusing on the hospitality and tourism sector, skills development and labor market insertion, sustainable agriculture and the green economy, as well as enterprise promotion.


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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