GOPA launches MCC-funded technical and vocational education and training project

Planning workshop kicks-off in Ciudad de Guatemala

In February 2018, GOPA conducted a 5-day planning workshop to launch the “Training for Work” project funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Guatemala. At the opening ceremony, around 80 participants gathered from different ministries, the private sector, universities and vocational & educational training (VET) institutes, the donor community, civil society and the national media.

The project supports Guatemala’s Ministry of Education in implementing policy and institutional reforms, aiming to provide quality educational opportunities for Guatemala’s youth and facilitate their access to the labour market. It is coordinated by the National Competitiveness Programme (Pronacom), MCC’s executing agency in Guatemala. Pronacom and GOPA signed the contract at Pronacom’s headquarters on 30 November 2017.

The project focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of six curricula and training programmes, to be piloted in 20 VET institutes in six departmental regions in Guatemala: Alta Verapaz, Chiquimula, Guatemala, Jalapa, Sacatepéquez and Sololá. It will run until April 2020, supporting three priority occupational families: tourism and hospitality, information and communication technology, and transportation and maintenance of vehicles.

The general objective of the planning workshop was to refine the project’s implementation strategy, in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. In particular, it promoted discussions and agreements on the following topics: further support to the development of the National VET System and its relationship with the Education Strategic Plan 2016-2020; selection of beneficiary VET institutes; challenges and opportunities under the three prioritised occupational families; private sector engagement; creation of labour market round tables and working groups; methodologies for the development of qualifications, curricula, training and manual modules; and accreditation and certification of VET institutes and students; in-service teacher training. The workshop also focused on the incorporation of cross-cutting issues, such as gender and social inclusion, as well as lessons learned from international good practices.

The Training for Work project is part of MCC’s Threshold Programme in Guatemala, which aims to enhance the quality of secondary education to prepare Guatemalans for the job market, reduce opportunities for corruption in customs and tax administration, and attract private investment to support infrastructure development.

The Threshold Programme is composed of two overarching projects: Education and Resource Mobilisation. The Education Project is supporting the Government of Guatemala to develop initiatives that improve teacher skills, the quality of teaching, and the effectiveness of technical and vocational education and training.