Costa Rica Employment-Training Initiative

Costa Rica Launches Employment and Training Initiatives

Costa Rica Launches Employment and Training Initiatives

In a national address, Costa Rica’s President Rodrigo Chaves introduced the “Bachillerato para la Empleabilidad y el Emprendimiento,” or Baccalaureate for Employability and Entrepreneurship. The initiative assists working and unemployed adults in completing their degrees virtually and for free. The strategy seeks to fulfill individual dreams and close the gap between job supply and demand.

 

 

75% of the unemployed population falls within the 15 to 35 age range

“I am 32 years old and currently employed. I lack a degree. I want to obtain it to improve my job prospects,” Alvaro Herrera said in a testimonial video as part of Chaves’ announcement.

“I don’t have a high school diploma, and I want to study to earn it, enabling me to pursue the job I desire,” Jonathan Betancourt added.

An Opportunity to Finish the Degree

President Chaves spoke to Costa Ricans announcing the value of the training: “We are providing the tools for you to obtain a degree that holds real worth, giving you an advantage in the workforce.”

 

Costa Rica’s Brete Strategy aims to empower marginalized job seekers, a strategy declared of public interest by the Chaves Robles administration. Image: Ministerio de Trabajo de Costa Rica.

 

Helping Adults Graduate

The Minister of Education explained the details of the new training and employability program:

“Over 48,000 individuals completed high school but were unable to secure their baccalaureate degree. Consequently, they face challenges in securing stable employment or advancing to better positions. These are people who finished high school between 1988 and 2019 but missed one or more exams. Our plan, the Baccalaureate for Employability and Entrepreneurship, aims to help these adults graduate and fulfill their aspirations. This virtual program spans three months, covering communication, digital skills, project management, customer service, and English. Enrollment is open from August 28 to September 15,” announced Anna Katharina Muller, Minister of Education.

Multi-Sectorial Efforts to Improve Labor and Training Opportunities

President Chaves explained that the program is a “collaborative effort between the MEP and UNED providing an opportunity for those lacking a diploma to obtain one. This is the moment to seize your chance to complete what has been elusive until now. We’ve paved a clear path for you,” the President stated.

Andres Romero Rodriguez, Minister of Labor described Costa Ricans as “determined people,” a quality he anticipates will propel them to seize this opportunity and complete their degrees for a more fulfilling professional life.

 

Costa Rica’s Brete Strategy aims to empower marginalized job seekers and is declared of public interest by the Chaves Robles administration. Image: Ministerio de Trabajo de Costa Rica.

 

Enhancing Job Prospects for Young Adults

“Notably, 75% of the unemployed population falls within the 15 to 35 age range. These are young individuals with their entire lives ahead. Improving educational levels through this plan will significantly enhance job prospects. With the ANE.CR platform’s “Brete strategy,” numerous job opportunities are available, many of which require a degree. With just three months of effort, you can access these jobs that are already waiting,” affirmed Andres Romero Rodriguez, Minister of Labor.

“Capitalizing on Costa Rica’s favorable economic recovery, we aim to prepare more people for improved employment across diverse fields. I assure you that this plan is robust. For instance, this year at INA, we have increased English language courses by over 50%. Combining this with the baccalaureate for employability brings individuals closer to better job prospects,” Juan Alfaro Lopez, INA Executive President, expressed.

 

Costa Rica’s Brete Strategy aims to empower marginalized job seekers and is declared of public interest by the Chaves Robles administration. Image: Ministerio de Trabajo de Costa Rica.

 

“Today, at foundever Costa Rica, we are part of the Brete Strategy. Job opportunities include customer service, technical support, and travel agent roles,” shared an employer from the company foundever.

Anna Katharina Muller, Minister of Education shared that “Among the program’s components, the socio-emotional aspect resonates with me personally. It addresses healthy lifestyles and self-esteem, supporting those who have long carried the burden of unfulfilled aspirations,” she stated.

The president encouraged Costa Ricans to enroll in the free virtual program to complete their degree in 3 months’ time, “You still have an opportunity to better yourself. We’re diligently working to provide the chance to close your educational gap. Fellow citizens, empower yourselves. Allow us to assist you, as you can rely on us. We’re providing the tools and resources for you to shape your future.”

Bachillerato para la Empleabilidad y el Emprendimiento

The Baccalaureate for Employability and Entrepreneurship is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at adults who completed high school between 1988 and 2019 but have not passed one or more exams.

 

 

This program offers adults the chance to receive quality education in areas of employability, entrepreneurship, and gain knowledge and skills essential for a fulfilling life, and decent employment.

The Brete Strategy

On July 26, the Chaves Robles administration introduced the National Strategy for Employability and Human Talent (ENETH) – known as the “Brete Strategy” – and officially recognized it as a matter of public importance. This initiative is designed to enhance the employability of individuals facing significant barriers in the job market and facilitate their entry into various employment opportunities.

 

Costa Rica Launches Employment and Training Initiatives to close the gap between job demand and supply. Image Credit: Presidencia de Costa Rica.

 

Plataforma Ane.CR

Plataforma Ane is a free service that facilitates contact between job seekers and companies that require human talent, as well as the link between people who need to improve their employability and the training offer to achieve it.

 

Registration page: Agencia Nacional de Empleos de Costa Rica.

 

To learn more visit:

Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social, Costa Rica

Bachilerato-UNED-MEP

Agencia Nacional de Empleo 

 


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