Last updated: 02/12/2019

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Programme objectives

The objective of the program is to promote the continuous training of workers as a tool to gain access to decent and quality jobs and contribute to improving the competitiveness. Through training, the development of programmes and actions is promoted, many of which are articulated with active employment policies: education completion, vocational training and competency certification. It also promotes strengthening vocational training institutions throughout the country and has the Tax Credit Programme to encourage and promote training. Through the Sector Councils on Skills Certification and Continuing Education, sectors establish what are the training needs to be covered, what equipment and which training institutions are identified to be strengthened.

Programme components
i) Professional training courses: The courses can be given by the sectoral programme qualifications (union and business actors) and social organisations. The courses last from 50 to 200 hours; ii) Certification of labour skills: By certifying competencies an organisation recognises and testifies that a person is competent to perform a particular function, according to a labour competency standards; in this way, the work experience of workers is recognised. This action is carried out in 29 sectors, although most involved are the metallurgical, refrigerators, construction and automotive mechanics; iii) Institutional Strengthening: Improving the quality of the "Network of Continuing Education Institutions". Institutions get: (i) strengthening institutional management; (Ii) development of curricula and teaching materials to ensure the quality and relevance of sectoral educational content, and (iii) teacher training; iv) Tax Credit: Its aim is to encourage and promote, through financial aid, that companies undertake and manage their own training programs and training for workers and / or unemployed. The training could range from the completion of formal studies to vocational training courses or certification of labor skills; v) Training for decent work: Workshops on career orientation and on assistance to access to new labour rights. This component is developed jointly by the Ministries of Education and Labour to incorporate in vocational training and in various educational fields, the values related to dignity of work, principles and fundamental rights and the concept of decent work.
Professional Training - 860414 people Certification of Labour Skills - 112000 people Remedial Education - 995349 people Institutional Strengthening - 500 institutions Tax Credit System - 1400 companies

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