Sela is a non-profit company based in Petra, Jordan, whose mission is to promote sustainable preservation of archaeological and heritage sites by providing hands-on vocational training in heritage conservation to local communities. Through this training Jordanians can build their capacity and access sustainable jobs while also increasing their sense of ownership towards cultural heritage.  Under the Employment through Heritage Project (EHP), supported by the Drosos Foundation, Sela is working with government departments in Jordan to create a recognized training and certification scheme which allows trainees greater employment opportunities. As part of EHP, SPI is helping Sela develop its business plan so it can be financially sustainable, as well as train Sela staff to create sustainable heritage enterprises in the communities they work. 

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