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Colombia: Increased employability of young people

In October 2021, the Bund Katholischer Unternehmer (BKU) e.V. / AFOS-Stiftung started a three-years Vocational Education and Training Partnership with institutions in the Antioquia region to increase youth employability and to improve business competitiveness.

Source: AFOS

Colombia is the third largest economy in South America and a country defined by contrasts. A stable democracy, dynamic economic growth, and high levels of education are facing organized crime, corruption and social inequality. The Covid 19 pandemic has left serious marks on the economy and the labor market. The tourism sector has been particularly affected. In addition, the number of full-time jobs in the country has decreased by nearly one-fifth. In its national education plan, the Ministry of Education has focused on improving quality and equal participation in education. It places great emphasis on practice-oriented education to help young people gain access to the labor market. Due to their economic importance, policymakers see a high need for qualifications in the tourism and digital industries.

The vocational training partnership of the BKU / AFOS Foundation, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), contributes to the Colombian efforts to strengthen vocational training in tourism and the digital economy through a stronger practical approach. In the national business association ANDI, the Chamber of Commerce in Medellín CCM and the national vocational training service SENA, strong partners have been found to implement a demand-oriented dual vocational training, to support graduates in the transition to the labor market and to promote dual vocational training in Colombia through strong networks. The focus is on the Antioquia region, and national application of the results within the Colombia-wide project partners is targeted.