A contribution to promoting women's participation in the labour force

Upskilling and Reskilling, Initial vocational education and training
By facilitating training in technology and services to promote women's employment, Swisscontact reduces gender gaps in Guatemala.

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. 

Upskilling and Reskilling
Working with academic institutions and the private sector to create training courses for software developers in Guatemala
Through the project Innova, Swisscontact in Guatemala promotes work-based training, which strives to improve and update employees' skills so they are better equipped for their jobs. The project focuses on strengthening human talent in the technological and food and beverage sectors by collaborating with businesses and training institutes.
Preparing the Guatemalan workforce for the future. The project seeks to increase the income and improve the employability for young women and men with some existing technical skills through access to high quality and relevant continuous training.