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Skills Development for Youth Employability Project in Nicaragua (PDCE)

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.

The Project

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 Youth Employability in Nicaragua” Project 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 is implementing, through Swisscontact, the closure phase of the project over 36 months, from April 2017 to March 2020. These activities will be developed mainly in León, Managua, Chinandega and Jinotepe, in collaboration with four INATEC training centres and four private centres. Industry and construction, including good construction practices, are the priority sectors.

The project aims to perfect and consolidate the key topics and processes initiated (curricular transformation, teacher training, certification of workers and linkages between the public and private sectors), 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. 


Results 2018

  • 14 courses developed in Vocational Training Centres.
  • 10 instructors (three women) from the private PTCs trained in the use of didactic guides of soft skills modules and the CANVAS business model.
  • 10 instructors (three women) from INATEC's Projects division were trained in soft skills, curricular design, didactic techniques and operation of the hardware sector.
  • 61 heads of families (52 women) were sensitized to Good House Building Practices through events developed by INATEC's Projects division.
  • 56 construction workers (two women) and 45 hardware vendors (13 women) trained in Good Construction Practices (BPC) through courses given by instructors from INATEC's Projects division.
  • 289 students graduated from vocational training courses (185 women).
  • 7 INATEC CFP academic registrars trained on an online platform to conduct baseline surveys.
  • 9 private PIC officers trained in the application of baseline surveys through the Survey Monkey platform.

Project partner

  • National Technological Institute (INATEC)
  • Private Training Centres
  • Urban and Rural Housing Institute (INVUR)
  • Construction Chamber
  • Universities

Project countries

  • Nicaragua

Project links

Project duration

2017 - 2020


  • 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