El Salvador - Improving Access to Employment


Client: United States Agency for International Development

2009-2013, SEGIR GBTI II

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This project bridges the gap between the country's labor supply and private sector demand. Through partnerships with public agencies, private businesses, and organizations, the project creates alliances with key employers, training institutions, pivotal public agencies, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). These partnerships work to improve occupational training programs and establish a consumer/employer-based employment information system and career counseling initiatives. Training modules have included English for Work, IT services, and customer service to prepare youth and adults to fill high-demand jobs. Likely industries include aeronautics, energy, construction, software development, logistics, tourism, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The overall objective of the program is to fundamentally transform the way the labor market works in El Salvador through four interlinked components: increasing the number of skilled persons employed, improving the articulation and dissemination of information on private sector job needs, helping job seekers prepare for interviews and the world of work, and strengthening training institutions at the vocational and higher educational levels.

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