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. 
Guatemala Department, Guatemala
Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala
Project duration
2021 - 2024

The project

Guatemala, despite ongoing moderate growth and political and macroeconomic stability over the last decade, has been unable to overcome some of the economic and social challenges that have been troubling the country for the past 30 years. Young people especially lack access to quality education or jobs. Furthermore, the quality and relevance of training and education rarely corresponds to private sector requirements. This lack of suitable training hinders access to employment and limits workforce mobility on an individual level – and ultimately deters companies from increasing their competitiveness and access to new markets.

The project tackles this disconnect by working towards improved, relevant training processes, allowing young employed and unemployed women and men to increase and strengthen their skills in order to either find a new job, obtain a promotion and/or increase their income. This will be achieved through supporting sector specific, quality, and relevant C-VET pilot models driven by the private sector, which are designed and implemented in partnership with TVET institutions and government authorities.

The project will work in two complementary areas of intervention. On the one hand, Swisscontact will support the development and improvement of upskilling and reskilling programs – both inside and outside the private sector companies. On the other hand, Swisscontact will support the private sector companies and associations to play the leading role in the discussion around the design of C-VET in their sectors in Guatemala.

Close coordination not only between the companies of the specific sectors, but also with private and public training institutes, universities and governmental entities will be crucial to achieve the alignment between training offer and demand. Therefore, the project plans to establish intersectoral working groups/roundtables to allow for a regular dialogue. These roundtables also serve to agree on common norms and standards for the sector.

Lastly, the project will also support the intersectoral working groups to communicate and promote their coordination work, the agreements they achieve and the benefits for the sector overall.

The design and implementation of relevant continuous vocational education (C-VET) processes is improved and trainings become recognized and certified by the private sector, allowing employed and unemployed young men and women to increase their income and labour market mobility.


Expected results

  • 16 vocational training institutions and private sector companies adapt their C-VET offer to the needs of the private sector.
  • 150 instructors acquire competencies that comply with the C-VET needs of the private sector.
  • 1220 young women and men access improved C-VET services.
  • 830 young women and men (60% women) increase their income.
  • 146 unemployed young women and men (60% women) find a job.

Financing partners

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.  

Project links


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