In spring 2021, Swisscontact launched a website to offer vocational guidance to young people in Guatemala, supporting them in their search for a future professional career or technical training. The platform is a tool to promote vocational and professional orientation in a personalised way from anywhere in the country. It allows students to discover their strengths and aptitudes accompanied by a coach. Such initiatives are of great value in a country like Guatemala where access to training is limited for the population. This platform was realised through the Empodera project, which is financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and implemented by Swisscontact.
Given the economic situation in many countries in Latin America, it is more important than ever to provide a perspective for young people and create employment opportunities. Swisscontact has been supporting the development of different digital applications through the Professional Technical Training project in Bolivia. Swisscontact has done this for example with two apps that aim to help young people and job seekers integrate into the labour market. The project is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by a consortium of Swisscontact and FAUTAPO.
Around 10 million people across Colombia live in poorly built homes. Through the Construya project, Swisscontact supported the National Learning Service SENA, the most important public training institute in the country, to introduce training methodologies and strategies to teach informal construction workers safe building practices.
The Construya project is financed by Hilti Foundation, among other donors. As part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, it is co-financed by SDC.
Together with construction companies, the project developed a high quality and locally adapted training offer that improves construction practices in informal housing. As construction workers had difficulty accessing training during the pandemic, the project upgraded its technical and entrepreneurship training to a virtual platform in 2020. The e-learning introduces key concepts of good construction practices and uses intuitive navigation suitable for any mobile device.