Professional training for young people (Projoven)

ProJoven improved access to employment for young men and women aged 18 to 30 in conditions of social vulnerability who generally live in urban neighbourhoods or rural Honduran territories with a high incidence of poverty and deficient public services; and also with low schooling, who face social or gender discrimination and/or have dropped out of the formal education system for various reasons.
Laguna de Caratasca, Honduras
Golfo de Fonseca
Región Central, Honduras
Project duration
2018 - 2023
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

Over nine years, ProJoven promoted the training of 21,516 young people with a 46.4% employment rate and 15.0% self-employment (entrepreneurship) and a focus on social inclusion, since 56% of the graduates were women and, during the second phase, 10% of young people from ethnic groups (Garifuna and Miskito) were attended. At the same time, thanks to the programme's interventions, public and private institutions diversified their training offer and actively participated in the vocational technical training system; in addition to this, they improved the effectiveness of the vocational technical training system for labour market insertion in the country.

The programme also supported actions such as policy dialogue, the alignment of vocational technical training with productive development policies and the generation of knowledge based on methodologies and approaches based on evidence and experience through the evaluation of their effectiveness in improving the teaching of training institutions. In this sense, the programme coordinated actions with popular workshops, vocational training centres, non-governmental organisations, business and tourism chambers, municipalities and governmental institutions.


Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Upskilling and Reskilling
Sustainable entrepreneurship for communities of African descent
The Garífuna people are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Honduras, descending from the African-Carib populations from the Caribbean island of St Vincent. Unemployment rates are high among the Garífuna, most of whom live on the Atlantic coast. Since 2020, Swisscontact has been working with the Ethnic Community Development Organisation (ODECO) to promote entrepreneurship as a viable economic endeavour for this community.
Upskilling and Reskilling, Entrepreneurial ecosystems, Labour market insertion
Vocational training ensures quality products in rural areas
Southern Honduras is hit hard by the effects of climate change, jeopardising secure food sources, people's financial stability and thus their livelihoods. In this context, vocational training opens up opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship; but it also allows farmers to reach quality standards that increase income. 
Labour market insertion
A tool that measures the impact of vocational training on youth employment
Swisscontact in Honduras has launched SISPROJOVEN, a monitoring and evaluation software developed by the ProJoven project to measure the impact of vocational training on job placements of young people.