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 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.
Strengthening vocational training for young people
Promoting economic independence and starting up new businesses
2017 - 2020
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