Professional training for young people (Projoven)

The population of Honduras suffers from poverty, violence, corruption and unemployment. According to the National Statistics Institute of Honduras (INE), the unemployment rate is slightly over 7%; however, if the under-employment rate is added to this, it surpasses 40%, with young people comprising the largest group of unemployed. Furthermore, this group also faces the criminality of gangs and organised crime.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Project duration
2018 - 2021
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

Considering the lessons learned during the first phase of the ProJoven project (2013 - 2017), Swisscontact implements a second phase with the general objective of improving the effectiveness and coverage of the training system for vulnerable young people, through quality training that responds to the needs of the labour market and allows the employability of the young beneficiaries.

To achieve this, the project proposes two outcomes, both with a focus on social inclusion and gender in the regions Atlantic Coast/Mosquitia, Gulf of Fonseca and the Municipalities of the Central District:

  • Young people at risk achieve greater insertion in the labour market by improving their skills through integration into vocational training processes
  • Public and private institutions and productive sectors offer training relevant to the labour market and facilitate the labour and social insertion of young people trained. In this way, they will contribute to achieving the full exercise of the economic, social and cultural rights of young people at risk, to overcome the inequalities and inequities they suffer, and to promote their full and effective participation in the development of their communities, with leadership and decision-making power.


  • At least 6’000 young people at risk of exclusion (80% of those graduating from vocational training) manage to enter the labour market for at least 6 months (as employees or self-employed) in at least 6 sectors or value chains. All young graduates (at least 7’500) will participate in psychosocial strengthening processes with a focus on gender and peaceful conflict resolution.
  • The project will facilitate the creation of "Regional Vocational Training and Employment Committees" with the participation of the Chambers of Commerce, Sectoral Chambers, Value Chain Committees, CDEMIPYMES, representatives of national or local public entities and other related projects; these Committees will be the spaces for the governance of the training and labour force insertion system in each region. In Mosquitia, the Territorial Councils will establish specific mechanisms for the integration of at-risk youth in their socio-economic projects.

Project partner

  • National Institute for Vocational Training (INFOP)
  • Honduran Chamber of Construction Industry (CHICO)
  • National Chamber of Tourism of Honduras (CANATURH)
  • Private sector companies
  • Secretariat of Economic Development
  • Vocational Training Centers
  • Honduran Institute of Tourism
  • Municipalities



  • 1962 young people participated in the training processes in different regions and areas of training.
  • 1596 jobs were created, of which 42% (838) achieved a six-month tenure. An additional 38% (758) landed a job or enterprise of less than six months.
  • 968 young graduates were certified on a shared basis with the productive sectors of the regions prioritised by the programme.
  • 258 young people participating in the training processes implemented social, community, recreational, environmental and cultural projects; this is to stimulate the development of youth leadership skills and empowerment as actors of positive change in the development of their communities.

Project links


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Initial vocational education and training
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