Technical vocational training and the Aprendo y Emprendo project

Contrary to what many believe, university education is not necessarily the most successful path to a better career: in Nicaragua, the most in-demand workers today are technically skilled. The vast majority of the positions hardest to fill require technical and vocational education and training.


The Aprendo y Emprendo (AyE) project aims to expand opportunities for technical vocational training, entrepreneurship and job placement for young people in Nicaragua between the ages of 14 and 29. To achieve this, private vocational training centers work closely with private enterprise and the families of participants to develop a training program that better responds to market demand, the aspirations of young people, and promotes employment and entrepreneurship, with a model of dual education that combines classroom training with practice in companies. Scholarships can be issued to fund training and alliances with the private sector facilitate the integration of young people into a working environment.


Technical vocational training

In the Caribbean Coast region, for example, there is great potential for the agriculture industry to grow and benefit from skilled technicians, but more than 80 percent of agricultural producers have never received technical education training or assistance. With the agricultural sector employing more than 30 percent of the workforce in Nicaragua, universities and vocational institutions supported by AyE offer students technical degrees in an in-demand field.


The project is providing support and scholarships to Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University, which offers a two-year intensive course in agriculture. Technical training institutions like Fundación Victoria in Managua, where several AyE scholarship awardees are enrolled, offers a degree in industrial engineering for food processing. Twenty-four students are currently enrolled in a two-year technical program in the municipality of El Rama, which is one of the country’s most productive areas of tropical products like cacao, coffee and coconuts.


By bolstering these institutions and helping Caribbean Coast youth pursue technical careers, AyE will introduce qualified and well-trained employees to one of the regional economy's largest drivers. 


For more information on the available training programs, click here.


Business-Education Networks

AyE brings businesses and training institutions together to co-develop courses and build relationships that can strengthen technical sectors and increase youth access to employment.


The project has created the Nicaraguan Network for Technical Education (RENET) comprising technical education institutions and business associations. The network, the first of its kind, is aimed at aligning schools' curricula with demand from the private sector to provide graduates with marketable skills and increase their employability.


RENET is complemented by a smaller, regional network of employers, training institutes, universities and non-governmental organizations to link labor demand in the industry with academic offerings.



With entrepreneurship training and graduate collectives, AyE also supports young professionals in building their own businesses. In addition, AyE has formed an alliance with Banpro, one of Nicaragua’s largest banking groups, and established a seed capital fund to invest in startup businesses.



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How can we help you?

For more information on how AyE can help you shape your future, contact your local TVET center.