Vocational training integrating gender equality

 
 
Country

Colombia

Thematic area

Education and training

Duration

2014-2016

 
 
  • A Chanel volunteer in Panama trains 40 students of the Fashion and Entrepreneurship class in Cartagena.
    A Chanel volunteer in Panama trains 40 students of the Fashion and Entrepreneurship class in Cartagena.
  • Manual workshop for participating in the fashion training.
    Manual workshop for participating in the fashion training.
  • A student of the vocational training program in front of her hair salon.
    A student of the vocational training program in front of her hair salon.

The context

In Colombia, young people comprise 45% of the overall population. In 2013, the unemployment rate among young people reached 17%, with an even higher rate among young women.

 
 

The project

Plan International France launched a vocational training program adapted to the needs of the local labor market in Cartagena, a tourist region in northwestern Colombia. Its purpose was to promote economic empowerment of young people by identifying specific opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.

 
 

The support

Fondation CHANEL entered a 3-year partnership to support 380 vulnerable young people. Additionally, two volunteer employees from Chanel Panama’s Marketing and PR departments hosted a workshop for 40 female students in fashion and entrepreneurship courses.

The results

  • 290 young people completed the entire vocational training program and 90 completed the self-employment program.
  • 60% of the young people gained insights into diverse careers options, such as the renovation of historical monuments.
  • In addition to the technical training, personalized support to the families helped the young people to develop their social and interpersonal skills.
  • 62% of the young people who participated in the training programs found a job or launched a small business initiative.

 
 

The partner

Plan International France is a humanitarian and development organization committed to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. It leads various actions to fight against discrimination, exclusion, and vulnerability.

 
 
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