November 7, 2017
JA Americas Creates Pathways to Employment for Latin American Youth through EmpleaTECH
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), JA Americas, and SAP recently launched EmpleaTECH, an initiative that will train 2,400 young people in the next three years and to ensure that half of them secure a job within that period. With an initial phase in Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, the project can be scaled to any country in the region. ManpowerGroup joins as strategic partner, collaborating with helping young people secure jobs after their training.
EmpleaTECH aims to create pathways to innovation and employability for Latin American youth, especially those in vulnerable situation, in the knowledge economy. The announcement was made November 3 within the framework of the Council of the Americas symposium, held in Miami. An investment of three million USD will allow JA Americas, over a three-year period, to train 2,400 young people and ensure that at least half are employed or working on their own at the end of the period.
"One of the most interesting points of this program is that we start from the job market´s demand," said Claudio Muruzabal, President of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean, and Vice Chair of JA Americas. "STEM positions (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are still among the ten most difficult to fill, due to the lack of technical skills. Providing this knowledge to young people in vulnerable situations, therefore, exponentially increases their chances to enter the job market."
Training will include design-thinking sessions and training with prototype tools such as SAP Build, preparation in SAP products such as Business One and Fiori, as well as training in open-source code like HTML5, with the objective that those who participate will be hired as potential consultants in technology. The project can be scaled to any other country in the region. ManpowerGroup will collaborate during the final stage of the process, supporting and securing jobs for young people.