Formación técnica profesional

Project completed

Vocational skills development is key for improving production and expanding opportunities for employment and self-employment. The project aims to reduce poverty and inequality by enhancing access to the labour market. It seeks to strengthen vocational skills and certify competences with an emphasis on young people and adults, promote the quality of training centres, and the shared responsibility of public/private stakeholders. Strategies cover both the national and the local level.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Vocational training
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Education policy
SME development
Basic life skills
01.05.2017 - 31.12.2023
CHF  21’580’000
Background Bolivia has been able to implement a pro-poor growth policy due to the high price of gas; however, the work focussing on urban micro-enterprises and rural family-based agriculture remains precarious. Vocational education has great potential to reduce poverty but it is still underrated and there is little connection between the training courses on offer and the demand for skilled workers. Companies invest very little in upgrading their employees’ skills yet recognise the importance of technical, basic and socio-emotional skills.
Objectives Contribute to greater economic and social equity by improving access to employment for the population vulnerable to poverty and giving priority to sectors with productive and employment potential.
Target groups 35’000 beneficiaries in vocational training and on short training courses (70% young people and 50% women), with priority given to those living in moderate poverty. The Ministry of Education will award competence certificates to 28’000 people that have learnt a trade on the job, targeting people living in moderate and extreme poverty.
Medium-term outcomes
  • O1. Young people and adults use the competences and skills that they have acquired through productive, technical and technological training to find/improve their work with support from public and private companies.
  • O2. The training centres offer relevant and quality education that responds to work and local production dynamics.
  • O3. Workers' productive and labour capacities are certified and boosted to generate productive initiatives.
  • O4. The relevant stakeholders in the public and private sector, and civil society dialogue to promote national and local policies on technical education, production and work.

Expected results:  

  • Internships and job placements provided.
  • Training centres’ infrastructure and equipment improved.
  • Territories strengthened through developing productive education.
  • Forums, debates and dialogue held with public and private stakeholders. 

Results from previous phases:  

  • 25’000 vocational education graduates (54% female).
  • 143 training centres strengthened.
  • 36’000 workers received competence certificates.
  • Vocational education graduates inserted into the labour force rose by 15% to 77%.
  • Perception of improvement in quality of employment rose by 88%.
  • 66% of vocational education graduates are paid above the basic minimum wage. 

The baseline refers to the results of the previous project 2006-2017.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
Foreign state institution
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Central State of South East
  • International Labor Organization
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Foreign private sector South/East
  • Swiss Private Sector
  • Swisscontact

Coordination with other projects and actors
  • Employment Support Programme – Ministry of Employment/Ministry of Planning/IDB.
  • Employability Improvement Project - Ministry of Employment/Ministry of Planning/World Bank.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    21’580’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    20’958’692
Project phases

Phase 1 01.05.2017 - 31.12.2023   (Completed)