Project to Promote Workplace-Based Training for Vulnerable Youth in Argentina
The project is helping bridge the skills gap in Argentina by increasing the number and quality of on-the-job training programs, such as internships and apprenticeships, while ensuring these opportunities are accessible to the youth who need them the most. The project is supporting improvements in the legal and policy framework surrounding youth training, raising awareness about the benefits of work-based training, documenting and disseminating good apprenticeship practices in Argentina, and helping both public and private-sector youth training programs to increase their effectiveness.
In 2014, the International Labor Organization estimated 21.3 percent of youth ages 15 to 24 were unemployed in Argentina, more than twice the national unemployment rate. Young people from disadvantaged segments of the population are more likely to be engaged in child labor, perform hazardous work, and abandon school before completing high school. At-risk youth in Argentina are often unable to access work-based training opportunities, including apprenticeships.
This project brings together key government agencies, employers, workers’ organizations, and civil society to collaborate on establishing and expanding work-based training programs for youth, such as apprenticeships, with a focus on including vulnerable and marginalized youth. To do this, the project is helping identify improvements that can be made to laws and policies that would help businesses launch quality work training programs, providing tools and technical knowledge to employers and workers’ organizations to help them implement work-based training programs, and helping existing job training programs reach young people who are at high risk of becoming engaged in hazardous activities.
The project focuses on building the capacity of national-level stakeholders, as well as that of local organizations currently implementing promising youth training models in the Mar del Plata, San Martin District, La Matanza District, Tucuman, and Santa Fe areas.