Nicaragua: Technical Vocational Education and Training Strengthening for At-Risk Youth
Proyecto Aprendo y Emprendo

Prime Implementer

Creative Associates International 

Implementing Partners

Palladium Group
Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU).
Centro de Capacitación Técnica, APRODESE. Chinandega.
Centro de Formación y Desarrollo Integral, CEFODI, Terre des Hommes.
Centro Juvenil Don Bosco, Managua.   
Colegio Roberto Clemente, Fe y Alegría. Ciudad Sandino, Managua.
Fundación Hedwig y Robert Samuel, Managua.
Instituto Técnico Vocacional Rey Juan Carlos I, Chinandega.
Universidad de las Regiones Autónomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaragüense (URACCAN).
 

Project Timeline

September 2015 - 2019

Project Goals

The goal of the TVET SAY Project is to improve the quality and access to TVET to improve the competitiveness and safety of at-risk youth from the Caribbean Coast, aged 14-29 years old, and increase alignment between supply and demand in the labor market.

Brief Background

Nicaraguan youth complete an average of six years of schooling. Along the Caribbean coast, youth average less than three years of schooling. This not only results in a youth population with low levels of productivity and high unemployment rates, but also constrains economic development.
 
Vulnerable youth who lack access to opportunities to develop critical skills needed for employment are at risk of engaging in crime, gang activity and drugs. Although some employment and livelihoods opportunities exist, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions often do not provide vulnerable youth with appropriate technical and soft skills that align with employment opportunities, nor do they offer access to quality training, job placement services and jobs.
 
To break this negative cycle, Creative is strengthening the private TVET system while enhancing citizen security through the Technical Vocational Education and Training Strengthening for At-Risk Youth (TVET SAY) program, with support from the Palladium Group.
 
The Technical Vocational Education and Training Strengthening for At-Risk Youth (TVET SAY) Project, is a four-year Task Order under the YouthPower Implementation IDIQ.  The project will improve the competitiveness and safety of at- risk youth from the Caribbean Coast, aged between 14-29 years by providing them with vocational skills, life skills, work readiness skills, and soft skills training that they need to become capable employees and entrepreneurs.
 
TVET institutions will develop capacity to better serve at-risk youth, youth with the minimum education requirements to receive government certified technical degrees and gain formal employment; and at risk youth who do not meet those requirements but show potential for self-employment or commitment to addressing product and service needs in their communities.

Overview of Activities

The Technical Vocational Education and Training Strengthening for At-Risk Youth (TVET SAY) Project, is a four-year Task Order under the YouthPower Implementation IDIQ.  The project will improve the competitiveness and safety of at- risk youth from the Caribbean Coast, aged between 14-29 years. The goal of the TVET SAY is to improve the quality and access to TVET for at-risk youth, increasing alignment between supply and demand in the labor market.
 
TVET institutions will develop capacity to better serve at-risk youth, youth with the minimum education requirements to receive government certified technical degrees and gain formal employment; and at risk youth who do not meet those requirements but show potential for self-employment or commitment to addressing product and service needs in their communities.
 
Geographic coverage includes the Caribbean Coast (South and North). TVETs in Chinandega, Managua, Estelí, and León, will also be strengthened in order to develop capacity to attend at-risk youth from the Caribbean, working with a multiethnic population, including indigenous and afro-descendants.

Expected Results

  • Improve collaboration and information sharing among TVETs by establishing/strengthening training centers networks.
  • ​Strengthen approximately eight private TVET centers to be “model” institutions, providing organizational capacity building and creating private sector alliances.
  • Increase interest and perceived value of TVET programs through public awareness campaigns, especially along the Caribbean Coast.
  • Provide TVET scholarships for at risk youth in the Caribbean region.

Contact

Technical Vocational Education and Training Strengthening for At-Risk Youth
Sarah Phillips
Creative Associates International
Email: sarahpG@creativeDC.com
           Communications@CreativeDC.com
www.creativeassociatesinternational.com