Women living in areas near the landfill of Guatemala City have limited opportunities for training and jobs. Through the INNOVA project, Swisscontact and the organisation Creamos Guatemala are facilitating access to training programmes to help these women find employment. To date, more than 62 women are in the process of training and job placement.
The coordination with training providers who faciliate the courses equip participants with practical and theoretical tools to increase their chances of finding employment. The training is focused on three areas:
While Swisscontact supports the technical training, the organisation Creamos Guatemala provides financial support such as resources for childcare and transport as well as psychosocial support for course participants.
In Guatemala, many young people do not have the chance to undergo training and education. This, coupled with a shortage in quality and relevant training, means that the private sector has difficulty accessing a skilled workforce.
Swisscontact addresses this disconnect between the demands of the private sector and the skill level of the Guatemalan workforce. In seeking to improve the most relevant training processes, the project enables unemployed youth to develop their skills in order to find a new job and/or earn a higher income.
This project is financed by the Esperanza Foundation, among other donors. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.