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 - 2023
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 labour 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 labour potential.

Project partner



Results 2018-2022:

  • 76 Alternative Education Centres and Technological Technical Institutes, most of them public, were comprehensively strengthened by the project. 
  • 21,525 people graduated, 12,674 from training and 8,851 from capacity building processes (58% women and 42% young people).
  • 6,938 final year/semester students accessed work placements (59% female)
  • 172 centres for degree courses, 3 centres for continuing education and 3 for training areas improved their infrastructure and/or equipment. 
  • 50 technical training centres (39 Technological Technical Institutes and 11 Alternative Education Centres) were linked to external job placement services.
  • 53 centres were linked to financial education and entrepreneurship programmes.
  • 66 technical training centres provide vocational guidance services.
  • 3 special education centres for people with disabilities were comprehensively strengthened.
  • 1,140 teachers of the supported careers participated in courses (face-to-face, blended and/or virtual) in pedagogy/andragogy and/or cross-cutting themes (gender, governance, entrepreneurship).
  • 649 teachers were trained in technical specialisations.
  • 67 centres implemented virtual tools (30,703 participants).
  • 1,001 workers at operational levels in the country's business and productive sector took part in short training courses in response to the health crisis regarding structural problems related to the preservation of employment and the limited productivity of businesses.

Expected results for 2023:

  • 30 training centres will continue to be supported by the project: 20 will be consolidated in the framework of their sustainability plans and 10 will be strengthened to share good practices of the project with their peers.
  • 14 new centres will be included to replicate specific project experiences.
  • 3,900 people will participate in training and capacity building processes.
  • 2,300 graduates will increase/maintain their income. 
  • 2.500 graduates improve their quality of employment or self-employment.
  • 1,600 graduates from technical training centres gain access to work experience.


Initial vocational education and training, Upskilling and Reskilling, Labour market insertion
Swisscontact at the International Cooperation Forum 2023
At the International Cooperation Forum on 15-16 February 2023 in Geneva, Swisscontact shared its experience in vocational education and training and presented five projects.
Initial vocational education and training
Accessories made from vegetable leather – for the sake of the planet
A delicate scent of fruit emanates from her – her earrings – but also from her wallet. Gaby Yovanovic carries her money wrapped in strawberries, her cell phone is wrapped in plums, and other items in her bag are made of papayas and kiwis.
Guatemala, Bolivia, Colombia
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion, Upskilling and Reskilling
Digital tools used in skills development projects in Latin America
In Latin America, Swisscontact has been supporting the development of digital solutions in its skills development projects to facilitate access to training and job opportunities. Youth living in poor rural areas of Guatemala are offered vocational guidance through a web portal. Applications developed in Bolivia support young people and technical professionals in finding suitable training or employment opportunities. In Colombia, the training offer that improves construction practices in informal housing was extended by a virtual platform in 2020.