Skills Development for Employability

The innovative element in this project is the initiative for designing a new entrepreneurial / business training curriculum to be applied at the same time as technical training for young people in public and private colleges. In cooperation with financial services organisations it is creating a new supply of seed capital for young people who have decided to create their own companies or businesses. To minimise the risks involved in the creation of new businesses, the project offers coaching to new business people.

The Project

Socially disadvantaged youth now can access high-quality and valuable vocational training that meets the demands of the market. Thanks to solid qualifications, many young people are entering the labour market successfully and earning a living wage or income for themselves and their families, either as employees or self-employed entrepreneurs. Some establish formal sector SMEs and create additional employment. In this way, beneficiaries are improving their social and economic situation on their own and sustainably.

The project is also promoting improvements to the technical offerings of public and private partner organisations. It helps with the training of instructors and technical and administrative personnel from technical training institutions and the inclusion of financial services in curricula, the use of skills-based curricula and an entrepreneurship / business curriculum. Swisscontact and its partner organisations are developing the coaching curriculum and will train future coaches. Economic and social studies are being developed to guide the supply of technical training courses and young entrepreneurs.


  • 10,500 young people received technical qualification in 608 courses.
  • 362 technicians (men and women) have been trained in applying teaching curricula for technical vocational training.
  • 6,000 young people were trained in how to start a business.
  • 112 young people have started a business
  • 38 teaching curricula were rewritten and improved.
  • 55 trainers were trained.
  • 45% of trained young people increased their incomes.

Project countries

  • Guatemala

Project duration

2017 - 2020


  • SDC
  • Medicor Foundation
  • Argidius Foundation

Working area


Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97