Third Category Prize 2015:
For projects by National NGOs
|Prize Subject:||Training for employment and for human development.
(Selected winner from 10 projects)
|Prize Amount:||US$ 100,000|
|Implemented by:||Training and Employment Enabling Unit, Secretariat of Economic Development, City of Medellin. www.medellin.gov.co/formacion|
|Prize subject:||Governments’ role in implementing the programs & polices aiming at empowering youth and alleviating unemployment among them through innovative projects.|
|Nominated By:||ACI – Agency for Cooperation and Investment of Medellin and the Metropolitan Area|
The project – Training for employment and human development, was initiated in 2001 under another name and exclusively aimed youth with high vulnerability to take part in illegal drug gangs and illicit economy in the city, the project was expanded in 2008 to include adult training. In 2012 it assumed the current name and objective of implementing job training together with broader human development and labor empowerment strategies to open more opportunities for disadvantaged youth to gain a decent job and improve both income and life expectations. The program is implemented through interinstitutional agreements with existing training institutions. Services therefore include both technical training and capacity building in softer social and life skills as well as facilitating access to employers and to municipal programs providing entrepreneurship advice and access to loans.
The program provides a broad range of services for what is a very challenging, socially excluded target group, many of whom lack motivation and may be involved in illegal activities, drug addiction, etc. These include psychosocial and social and life skills support, aiming to combat high social exclusion, high vulnerability, low motivation and mismatch between formal curricula design and needs of the labor market. It implements strategies for income generation through job training and human development to contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty and protection of the most vulnerable who face the devastating effects of the multiple crises of today’s life. It also improves the capabilities and employability of young people and adults through relevant and qualified training and expands the possibilities of their access to decent and productive jobs. These approaches are all innovative ways of addressing a disadvantaged group and thus the project relates directly to the AGFUND mission, values and objectives.
The most significant impact of the project was the ability of vulnerable groups to integrate into socially and economically independent members of society who not only improve their own situation but also the standard of living of their families. Some of project achievements include: During 2008-2011 period, some 12031 and 7,526 adults were trained of whom 4,226 found jobs in the City of Medellin: during 2012-2015 some 6200 people have received training for employment and human development of whom 600 were gainfully employed.