Grant Start Date
18 October 2022
Grant End Date
17 October 2024
OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT
The project aims to build technological and programming skills among 423 NEET youth (“not in Education, Employment, or Training”) in Colombia so they have better employment and economic development opportunities. The project develops a training platform and employment model that finds, trains and connects high-potential talent with employers in the tech sector with an equity, gender and inclusion approach.
Internet is the key driver because the technical skills that are taught are Internet-based technologies and socio-emotional skills that help those youth secure jobs for economic independence.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT?
In Colombia, unemployment and lack of education persist and are more profound among youth and traditionally excluded groups. The pandemic has deepened these issues, increasing the gaps in education and employment for youth. The exclusion of NEET youth (“not in Education, Employment, or Training”) from employment and education opportunities increases inequality, poverty cycles, and juvenile delinquency and, in general, hinders the full development and progress of youth and Colombian society. The gradual ageing of the population, added to the challenges that leave the pandemic, makes it effective to link the young population to the country’s productive structure, a unique and necessary opportunity for the country.
The project seeks to address the lack of economic opportunities and sustainable income sources for youth, specifically for those in vulnerable conditions and who have great potential. The project serves two complementary needs: IT talent shortage and social-economic empowerment and development of underserved communities.