Mexico is the second largest economic power in Latin America and an active member of the G20. In recent years, however, economic growth has slowed down. The country has some four million micro-enterprises and over 100,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, only 25,000 of these are formally registered. Challenges for enterprises include access to finance, poor security, and low productivity. One of the main problems is the insufficient qualification of employees. Only about 15% of MSMEs provide their employees with further training, and even fewer companies offer training places. The high costs and negative influences on production are cited as reasons for this. At the same time, many youths and young adults end their school careers early, so that they often find no or only informal employment under poor working conditions and with low incomes. Young people therefore lack employment prospects. In addition, young women have low expectations and lack of support due to traditional role models.
For this reason, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aims to provide dual training for up to 100,000 young people and young adults in the next few years and to support Mexico in significantly increasing the quality and capacity of the VET system. The Vocational Training Partnership of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) is a building block which is to contribute to achieving this goal. The project supports the Mexican project organisations in better fulfilling their role in the vocational training system. In concrete terms, the aim is to build up a positive image for dual vocational training and to significantly increase quality by qualifying mast trainers and developing high-quality criteria.