Vocational Training

Education that prepares youth and individuals for a specific trade that can be used to improve economic status.

The Challenge

Individuals from low-income communities more often than not suffer from poor education and few vocational training opportunities.  The lack of relevant job skills may perpetuate a cycle of poverty.  High poverty rates, low education levels, domestic violence within families, aggressive environments, and drugs are just some of the factors that may limit the opportunities for a  successful life. By providing access to vocational education, individuals may develop a trade and specific skills allowing them to become highly competitive in the workforce.  

Many people in developing country do not have the financial resources  or time to attend a traditional education institute and/or pursue a college career. Such limitations place poor communities and individuals at disadvantage when pursuing job opportunities and limits them to the lowest scale of the income earning scale. 

The Opportunity

Creating a new vocational training program for individuals living in poverty will empower them by lifting their self-esteem and economic value in the job market. The newly acquired trade can transform low-income communities and its local residents by providing new employment opportunities and safer environments in the community. This program will help establish civic values, analytical skills, knowledge and good working habits. Vocational training may also provide individuals with the right tools to rebuild their lives and the opportunities to raise the economic status of their families.

Quicks Facts

  • Around the world, some 57 million children of primary school age do not attend school.
  • 54% of the children who do not attend school are girls.
  • For socially disadvantaged groups access to education is especially difficult.
  • Many people in developing countries cannot afford the cost of school fees, books, other learning materials, school uniforms or transport to school.
  • Some 74 million Latin Americans (about 12.4% of the region's population) live on less than $2 per day.
  • 92% of Latin American children begin primary school, but only 41% of Brazilians and 35% of Mexicans graduate from secondary school (the U.S. equivalent of middle/high school).