Skills Development Programme to Increase Employability of Youth

In Nicaragua, there are 1.4 million working-age young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years; however, approximately 40% of the economically active youth do not have access to employment or do not earn a salary that meets the basic cost of living. This situation is further aggravated in rural areas and in urban peripheries where access to specialised training is difficult, especially training that facilitates incorporation into the labour market. 
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Managua, Nicaragua
12.1363889
-86.2513889
Project duration
2017 - 2020
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

Objective
Consolidate processes to improve the quality and relevance of professional training for employability of youth and adults in prioritised sectors and territories.


The Project
At the request of and with financing from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation(SDC), Swisscontact implements the Skills Development for Employability Programme in order to contribute to the strengthening of skills among young people in Nicaragua through technical training and the capacity development of institutional providers.  


In its first phase, from January 2013 to March 2017, the project incorporated youth from five provinces of Nicaragua (Masaya, Chinandega, Matagalpa, Jinotega and León) into technical courses conducted by the National Technological Institute (INATEC) and private training centres in order to develop skills for employability and business capacity. In addition, it supported job skills evaluation and certification processes by INATEC and promoted good safe construction practices, including improving the supply of labour in the construction sector.  


In order to consolidate the processes to improve the quality and relevance of professional training for the employability of youth and adults in prioritised sectors and territories, the SDC implemented, through Swisscontact, the second phase of the project over 36 months (from April 2017 to March 2020). These activities were carried out mainly in collaboration with private training centres and INATEC centres, alliances were developed with chambers and other private sector organisations, in particular from the entrepreneurial ecosystem, in order to promote pilot actions in this area.

The project aims to consolidate the key topics and processes initiated (curricular transformation, strengthening competencies of teachers and linkages of training centres with the private sector), ensure the adoption of solutions by the partners to guarantee the continuity of the processes fostered by the programme once its last phase has concluded, and systematise the experience. 

Project partners

  • National Technological Institute (INATEC)
  • Private faith-based and business training centers
  • Organisations of the entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Chambers of the private sector (commerce, construction, tourism)
  • Universities
  • Private sector businesses

Results

Results for the 2017-2020 phase

Effect 1: Instructors develop technical and pedagogical skills (competencies) for the continuous improvement of training sessions.

1. 400 instructors from private centers and INATEC were strengthened in their pedagogical skills. Of these, 40% are women.

Effect 2: Young people acquire relevant competencies to increase their employability and entrepreneurship skills and enhance their ability to integrate the job market.

2. 100% of the courses offered with the support of SDC are in accordance with labour market demand.
3. Young people develop technical skills for employability and entrepreneurship (5,000 young people, of which 60% are women).
4. Suitable environments to enhance the learning of technical and soft skills (10 environments)
5. Training centers implement vocational guidance sessions (60%).
6. Vulnerable families receive technical assistance on good practices for the construction of their homes (100 families - 60% female heads of families).
7. Young people, hardware store personnel and informal sector workers are trained in good practices for housing construction (150 - 40% women).
8. Strengthened capacities of young people with entrepreneurial potential and emerging entrepreneurs (100)

Effect 3: Improved monitoring systems for graduates and knowledge management

9. Training Centres apply the system for graduates (14 centers that collaborate with the programme).
10. Promote exchanges and knowledge management between partners