Last updated: 30/8/2021

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The program aims to reduce the unemployment rate of young students graduated from Bachelor, University or Technical Training of the National Institute of Vocational Training and Preparation for Human Development (INADEH), who have not participated in a formal employment. Through investment in training and internships, the program is aiming to include participants in the labour market. Prior to the internship period, the programme participants will enrol in training to strengthen soft abilities for employment, and once the process has begun, they receive PAB$ 300 monthly from the Ministry of Labour and Work Development (MITRADEL). Since 2019, the program Panamá Pro Youth became Learning by doing.

Start date
Previous programme name (if any)
Panamá Pro Joven (Panama Pro Youth)
Conditionalities (if any)
i) Programme participants should keep attending the workshop until the training concludes; ii) Accomplish attendance and use of internship work in a real business environment.

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility reassessment (if any)
ii) Internships: During the internship the participating company must inform the Ministry every 15 days about the assistance, performance and evolution of the intern. In this way, there will be a follow-up, evaluation and personalized advice to the participant that who requires it. Young interns will obtain the status of a worker, if they successfully complete the program and obtain a job offer at the company in which they developed the internship.

Coverage and other information

Benefit delivery mechanism
i) Soft abilities training: There will be agreements between the Ministry of Labour and Labour Development (MITRADEL) and other governmental and private entities, to successfully implement the training of the interns. Classes will be held to help participants to develop soft skills such as leadership, emotional intelligence, teamwork, frustration management, financial education entrepreneurship, human relations management, equality of opportunities, labour rights, vocational strengthening and development of technical skills; ii) Internships: There will not be a relationship between the participating company and the apprentice. This relation will be regulated by a cooperation agreement between the MITRADEL, the participating company and the intern. The cooperation agreement will grant the parties the power to end the intership before three months. However, the terminating party must submit its justification in writing.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
i) Soft abilities training: The training time of the youth groups will be 20 hours for groups of up to 100 young people, while for groups of more than 100 young people it will be up to 40 hours; ii) Internships: The intership will last three months in a private company.