The Program

Advance is a workforce development program that is implemented in Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. The Program is funded by USAID and implemented by FHI 360.

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Advance engages stakeholders from the education and private sector to make technical training programs more relevant to the market, based on country-specific workforce needs.

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What We Do

The Advance Program works with selected technical tertiary institutions to improve youth employability in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica. The program partners with these institutions to help them to strengthen their ability to provide market-relevant training aligned with selected industries.



Jamaica’s next agro-processors visit Belcour Preserves 

16 Nov 2022

Students and staff members at Knockalva Polytechnic College share a photograph with Mr. and Mrs. Lumsden, owners of Belcour Preserves. Agro-processing students from Knockalva Polytechnic College visited Belcour Preserves to learn from Mr. and Mrs. Lumsden, Belcour owners, about being…

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Meet Randy Frías: Advance scholarship holder and outstanding ITLA graduate takes steps as an entrepreneur

9 Nov 2022

Image of Randy Frías Randy Frías is a talented 21-year-old from Santo Domingo East. He resides in one of the most disadvantaged sectors with limited access to health, housing, education and employment; a place where people can become marginalized and…

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From theory to practice: Learning labs get students ready for work in creative industries

1 Nov 2022

The Advance Program donated equipment to the Vocational Training Development Institute and University of Technology, Jamaica to help establish learning labs to train students for the creative industries.   LIGHTING DESIGN LAB The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) received state-of-the-art lighting…

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Where We Work

To improve youth employability, the Advance Program is strengthening the capacity of select two-and- three-year technical tertiary education programs to provide market-relevant, quality training to disadvantaged youth in:

Dominican Republic