The state of Chihuahua, notable for its GDP growth and one of the highest rates of formal employment in Mexico, still presents a challenging employment landscape for marginalized youth. The strong manufacturing sector’s multiplier effects create jobs in diverse sectors such as commerce and services. Yet despite a high overall employment rate, eleven percent of young people are unemployed and either looking for a job or are not currently looking but are available to work. Many of these young people cite discouragement as they primary reason they are unemployed—they do not know how or where to seek work; believe there is no work in their field; or are considered too young by employers. Although employers have minimal formal education requirements for many positions, they do require relevant technical training and screen for life skills. Both specialized technical skills and life skills can be difficult for young people to develop without access to opportunities and proper guidance.
The En Trayecto program will improve the employability of disadvantaged youth ages 19 to 24 living in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, by facilitating access to high-quality, relevant training preparing them with the job-focused skills they need to secure employment. These young people may be in or out of school or work, facing economic obstacles such as poverty, poor understanding of the formal job market and/or lack of experience therein, and limited access to quality education and job opportunities; they may also be impacted by social factors such as gender, racial, ethnic, or migrant-based inequities. By delivering a second-chance, short-term training model combining market-relevant vocational and soft skills training and complementary support measures, IYF will prepare these vulnerable youth to be work ready and to thrive in today’s rapidly changing world. The program aligns with Citi Foundation´s Pathways to Progress goal of connecting young people to opportunities to pursue their economic ambitions, while adapting to the realities of underserved youth in the state of Chihuahua.
INADET’s High Technology Training Centers (CENALTEC), a mainstay of high-tech training in the state of Chihuahua, provide tailored, accelerated training programs and are well-known for expertise in training needs in the state’s key industries. INADET-CENALTEC instructors will deliver both online and in-person technical training to participating young people.
IYF will also partner with Desarrollo Juvenil del Norte (DJN) a Juárez-based, non-profit, youth-serving organization that specializes in working among vulnerable populations in Juárez. DJN will deliver the in-person PTS life skills training component and will serve as tutors to facilitate students’ experience with the PTS Traveler digital course; as well as provide employability training and wraparound services. DJN will manage the online community and facilitate the engagement of Citibanamex employees in delivering the financial education workshop.