Disadvantaged young adults will be able to successfully enter professional life through solid, high-quality training. In this way they will generate income for themselves and their families, freeing themselves from poverty on their own initiative.

Young men and women are learning important technical skills in vocational training. Since the project began, already more than 20,000 young adults have completed a vocational training course at our various partner institutions. The courses and trainings are of varying length and encompass various professions such as cooks, electricians, automotive mechanics, and tailors. The programme offers structure to young adults in their daily lives, helping them integrate into the labour market.  Not only are technical aspects important here, but also basic skills are imparted, such as punctuality and how to behave in a professional environment. The project is mindful to ensure that at least 50% of training slots are filled by women.

Guatemala City, Guatemala
Project duration
2017 - 2024
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
  • Donations

The project

The innovative element of this project is the initiative to develop training courses to ensure Guatemala’s private and public training institutions can offer entrepreneurial, business-oriented training to young people. Young adults from disadvantaged circumstances benefit from improved technical trainings and are also given entrepreneurship support. Together with financial service providers, the project is now offering start-up capital to young people who have decided to start their own businesses. To minimize the risks inherent in starting a new business, the project promotes advisory services and guidance to young entrepreneurs.



Strengthening vocational training for young people

  • 23 233 disadvantaged young adults (of which 50% women) completed vocational training courses.
  • 10 105 graduates found employment or set up income-generating activities that provide them with a regular income, increasing their annual income on average by USD 2393.
  • 13 local training institutes are now offering vocational training courses.
  • 270 teachers have received further training and are improving their teaching (in terms of content and methodology).

    Promotion of self-employment and the creation of new businesses

    • 2 609 programme participants (1 846 of them women) took part in so-called "Entrepreneurship Days" and decided to draw up their own business plan.
    • 1 543 young women and men increased their income by an average of USD 1864 thanks to their own business idea.