Professional technical training Bolivia

The focus of the project places special emphasis on job integration for young people between ages 15 and 24 in the labor market, by focusing on skills development through professional technical training in Technical Technological Institutes and Alternative Education Centers, within the framework of the current public education policy.

Only 73% of the employed population in Bolivia has a secondary level of  education at best, which makes for low levels of productivity and therefore low wages. In the urban area, as well, 1.5 million people between 15 and 45 years old attained a secondary education level at most. In this context, it is vital to work to reduce poverty by promoting the development of skills in young people and adults, and at the same time improve their employment and self-employment opportunities.
Project duration
2018 - 2022
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

The solutions provided by the project to for this problem are:

  • Coordination with the public and private business sectors to expand the job opportunities for students. Surveys done on technical training show that job insertion for technical training graduates is a "bottleneck", therefore it is necessary not only to streamline the training courses based on the labor demand, but also to participate in the curriculum enhancement and provide internships opportunities and work practices to graduates.Financial and non-financial services for sustainable self-employment will be directed in order to generate models and business plans to ensure that the participants of the centers have the tools and knowledge necessary to start their productive ventures.
  • Strategies to foment student retention and the completion of their educational processes based on identifying alternatives to overcome the main obstacles they face in access to education and the retention of young people and women in Technical Technological Institutes (TTI).
  • The centers will work to provide equipment and supplies to contribute to the quality of training, as well as the necessary support required in updating and qualifying technical teachers according to their needs.
  • Achieve a better coordination at the micro, meso and macro levels. At the local level, for example, development agencies and authorities will be involved to contribute in the design of different curricula according to the different contexts so that young people can achieve internships or work experiences that will guide them in the development of their skills and life projects.

The objective of the Project is to contribute to a greater economic and social equity by improving access to jobs for the vulnerable and poor population, prioritizing sectors that have productive and labor potential.

Project partner



Achievements in 2019

  • About 1,200 people from 10 training centres completed training courses.

This project will work in 9 Departments of Bolivia with an estimated 74 Technical Centers that offer 285 careers with productive potential and that provide opportunities for the participants to get employed or be self-employed.

The estimated results for these next four years are:

  • 35,000 people participate in quality training and training processes, 70% young people and 50% women.
  • 19,500 people increase their income and employment, 55% of these will be women and 65% young people.
  • 50 centers linked to labor intermediation services provided by state programs and / or private initiatives.
  • 73 centers linked to external technical assistance programs and / or seed capital to facilitate the implementation of entrepreneurship.

Likewise, the project will support for the Vice Ministry of Alternative Education in the certification of 38,000 people --young and adults-- who acquired a trade from hands-on practice.


Kosovo, Bangladesh, Bolivia
Upskilling and reskilling, Labour market insertion
How digitization is driving skills projects forward
Projects implemented by Swisscontact around the world had to adapt to the changed circumstances in the pandemic year 2020. Digitization not only demanded new skills from the learners, but also posed major challenges for the projects in how they provide skills training. Social Media and easy-to-use applications and tools have played a big role in overcoming some of the challenges. For example, in Kosovo, where the project “Promoting Private Sector Employment” aims to improve competitiveness of market actors and inclusion of women farmers.
Bolivia, Honduras
Breaking barriers during the pandemic with technological training solutions
Flexibility and adaptability remain crucial elements in implementing development projects during this pandemic. In this complicated context, the world has become more and more virtual and as an international cooperation organisation Swisscontact has provided the technological tools to our partners so that the projects we implement continue to achieve their goals. In the following, we share two initiatives of vocational training projects in Bolivia and Honduras which, through digital technologies, managed to continue carrying out training for young people at risk of social exclusion.
Initial vocational education and training
The first Bolivian app to help youth identify potential career paths 
‘Descubre tu vocación’ is the first Bolivian application that helps young people identify which career path they could take. It contains a quick questionnaire to guide youth finishing their secondary education in choosing their future professions. The app is provided by the project ‘Professional Technical Training’ of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation implemented by the Swisscontact-FAUTAPO consortium in Bolivia.