Mexico—Skills for Prosperity Mexico (SFPMx)

Client: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Duration: 2020-2023

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: Mexico

Solutions: Education Economic Growth

The Skills for Prosperity Mexico (SFPMx) Programme works to prepare learners to go from the classroom to the workforce with the right skills for the job and for the marketplace.

Achieving inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction will require changing the way government, private sector, and training providers work together. The U.K. is a leader in these kinds of Education-to-Employment (E2E) partnerships. Through SFPMx, DAI draws on best practices both from Britain’s experience and from promising Mexican models of public-private collaboration to strengthen E2E partnerships nationwide.

SFPMx works to increase the market relevance and quality of technical and professional qualifications in order to increase students´ employability and their opportunities to build their own path to prosperity. To achieve this goal, the program supports Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), higher education and/or short-term training (STT) institutions to update and upgrade curricula that help young people develop new hard and soft skills, especially the most vulnerable and underserved.

Skills for Prosperity follows an inclusion and gender approach through its interventions to ensure more marginalized people have opportunities to access quality education and training. The Programme also drives sustainable changes to increase women´s participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). It works with indigenous communities to help their members access better training opportunities that increase their employability.

Mexico Skills.jpgPhoto courtesy: International Youth Foundation.

Sample Activities

  • Align technical, vocational and higher education through collaboration between academia, industry and governments.
  • Offer better career orientation to encourage young people to choose well-paid professions and more girls to get involved in STEM, by improving students´ services and implementing nudge interventions.
  • Train professors to update their teaching skills and knowledge with tailored-made courses that build institutional capacity and sustainability.
  • Strengthen job-placement services and workplace learning opportunities to ease students ‘transition to work by creating new workplace learning opportunities.
  • Consolidate safe work and learning spaces free from sexual violence and discrimination by evaluating safeguarding standards and offering advice to strengthen them.

Select Results

  • Established Cisco Networking Academies at Conalep TVET institutions in Puebla and Jalisco and prepared IT professors to teach routing and switching to their students.
  • Trained TVET professors to teach Python programing language in technical and vocational upper secondary schools in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
  • Launched a mentorship program for female students in higher education in Chihuahua whereby successful women in STEM give advice on how to face challenges at school and the workplace, especially on overcoming gender-based stereotypes.
  • Offered technical advice to educational institutions and companies to improve their Labour Equality and No-Discrimination standards according to the Mexican Norm (NMX-025).
  • Trained higher-education professors in Oaxaca to manage robotics and programming labs that offer young TVET students, especially women, their first practical experience of STEM career options.
  • Completed a teacher training program to prepare teachers to teach Python skills to students in technical and vocational upper secondary schools in the Mexican state of Jalisco.

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