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 the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Jamaica. Advance is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by FHI 360.
With a regional post in Honduras and country offices in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Jamaica, FHI 360 engages stakeholders from the education and the private sector in each country to strengthen market relevant technical training programs based on each country’s workforce needs. Building on three initial crosscutting assessments that help to bridge the gap between technical education offerings and labor market needs, Advance builds target institutions’ capacity in five key areas: (1) curriculum and pedagogy, (2) faculty/staff professional development, (3) labor bridging services, (4) admissions and recruitment, and (5) scholarships. FHI 360 supports three technical institutions in each country.
Through Advance, FHI 360 applies methodologies and lessons learned through work with higher education institutions in Afghanistan and university career centers in Morocco. FHI 360 will leverage its presence in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Jamaica to promote the exchange of best practices in technical tertiary education and workforce development between the four countries, with positive implications for the greater LAC region and beyond.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, one in five youth ages 15 to 24 are out of school and not working, and this number is projected to rise. Learn how Advance is improving youth employability in Latin America and the Caribbean.Learn more
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Advance is implemented in Honduras, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Meet our team members.Learn more
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