El Salvador—Skills for Employment Project (Proyecto Habilidades para el Empleo)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2023-2028

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: El Salvador

Solutions: Economic Growth

Amid a deadly global pandemic that has accentuated conditions of vulnerability and economic disparities, many Salvadorans have made the painful decision to leave their homes in search of better economic opportunities.

These challenges require a systemic approach that equips Salvadoran organizations to lead and sustain systemic change. On the Proyecto Habilidades para el Empleo project, DAI serves as a mentor to El Salvadoran partners, enabling them to lead improvements in the country’s workforce development system by strengthening connections and capacity at all levels. Our assistance enhances their ability to improve human capital and strengthen job training and placement outcomes for vulnerable populations and for likely migrants.

Between 2023 and 2028, the project will partner with local organizations to provide market-relevant skills training to 12,000 individuals, helping at least 4,000 get their start in the workforce or gain better employment.

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Sample Activities

  • Improve private sector engagement and the enabling environment for employment.
  • Increase the relevance and quality of curricula for vulnerable Salvadorans to achieve employment or complete their high school education.
  • Strengthen local workforce institutions and education providers to improve the quality and relevance of job training and placement services that meet market demands.
  • Improve inclusive hiring practices.


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