Haiti

Training young people for the working world

One-third of Haitian youth are unemployed and many do not have diplomas. To address these problems of limited access to vocational training and the job market, Helvetas enables young men and women to participate in technical training courses that combine in-depth knowledge with practical experience in a real-life context.

  • Project Name
    PROFESE "Promotion of Vocational Training on the Job and in Company Internships".
  • Project Phase
    2019 to 2022
  • Funding
    This project is financed by donations.
  • Thematic focus
    Skills Development and Education

Professional training that opens doors

Employment is one of Haiti's major challenges, especially youth employment. Indeed, most young people of working age are not recognized in the labor market due to a lack of qualifications and certification. Helvetas and its partners are committed to the professional integration of these young people by increasing their employability in high-potential economic sectors such as construction or the hotel and catering industry.

Thanks to the project PROFESE, several hundred young adults have access to training from an improved skills development system that includes the private sector. The project provides for initial youth orientation, skills development, internship follow-up and support until professional integration. Thus young adults, especially women, are trained and obtain a certificate of qualification.

The integration of the private sector in skills development facilitates the creation of remunerative jobs. In addition, Helvetas encourages training providers to include internships in companies as part of their curriculum. Advocacy is also carried out to ensure that the framework conditions in the intervention areas are conducive and favorable to enterprise development, job creation and vocational training.

The training system designed within the framework of the project is adapted to the structures in place. By alternating and linking theory and on-the-job practice, the training is tailored to the needs of the market and facilitates the professional integration of young people after obtaining the certificate of qualification.

© Helvetas/ Entela Sula
© Helvetas/ Entela Sula

Water

The most vulnerable communities suffer from dirty and scarce water. Annually we help up to 500,000 people get new access to drinking water and basic sanitation.