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Secure income for young people thanks to market-oriented vocational training

Disadvantaged young adults will be able to successfully enter professional life through solid, high-quality training. In this way they will generate income for themselves and their families, freeing themselves from poverty on their own initiative.

Young men and women are learning important technical skills in vocational training. Since the project began, already more than 20,000 young adults have completed a vocational training course at our various partner institutions. The courses and trainings are of varying length and encompass various professions such as cooks, electricians, automotive mechanics, and tailors. The programme offers structure to young adults in their daily lives, helping them integrate into the labour market.  Not only are technical aspects important here, but also basic skills are imparted, such as punctuality and how to behave in a professional environment. The project is mindful to ensure that at least 50% of training slots are filled by women.

The Project

The innovative element of this project is the initiative to develop training courses to ensure Guatemala’s private and public training institutions can offer entrepreneurial, business-oriented training to young people. Young adults from disadvantaged circumstances benefit from improved technical trainings and are also given entrepreneurship support. Together with financial service providers, the project is now offering start-up capital to young people who have decided to start their own businesses. To minimize the risks inherent in starting a new business, the project promotes advisory services and guidance to young entrepreneurs.


      Expected results

      Strengthening vocational training for young people

      • 20,000 disadvantaged young adults (of whom 50% are women) will complete a vocational training course.
      • At least 50% of graduates will find a job or start their own income-generating activity, which will ensure they have regular income.
      • At least six local training institutes will offer vocational training courses.
      • 100 trainers will have received further training and improved their pedagogy (both in terms of content and methodology).

      Promoting economic independence and starting up new businesses

      • 360 selected programme participants will undergo advanced training in entrepreneurship and design their own business plan.
      • 2,900 young entrepreneurs will be exchanging their experience with other local entrepreneurs.

      Project countries

      • Guatemala

      Project links

      Project duration

      2017 - 2020


      • Argidius Foundation
      • Medicor Foundation
      • SDC

      Working area


      Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
      Hardturmstrasse 123
      CH-8005 Zurich

      Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
      Fax +41 44 454 17 97
      E-Mail info@STOP-SPAM.swisscontact.org