first_imgDespite the number of training schemes in the region, theskills shortage is proving to be a tough problem to crack. It is timely that inApril this year, Brazil hosted one of the most important HR and corporatemanagement events in the world, namely the 30th Training and Development WorldConference (TDWC). This event, organised by the International Federation ofTraining and Development Organisations (IFTDO) and the Brazilian Association ofTraining and Development (BATD), featured international specialists in thefields of HR, corporate management and training, and brought together some2,500 participants from all over the world. Related posts:No related photos. – For more information on the 2001 IFTDO conference inBrazil, see Increased foreign investment in Latin America has created ahuge demand for skilled labour, and one of the main challenges now facingmultinationals in the region is an acute skills shortage. The region’s governments are investing heavily in trainingto solve widespread unemployment and overcome the serious skills shortage.Jacqueline Vitali reports Comments are closed. In Colombia, the Programme of Occupational Training forYoung People is part of the Programme for the Generation of Urban Employmentbeing implemented by the Social Security Network. It is financed with fundsfrom the loan contract signed by Colombia. Uruguay’s Projoven is one of severaldecentralised programmes run by the National Employment Office (DINAE). Todate, they claim to have trained more that 1,500 young people per year. It is not that there is a shortage of people as there is inthe West. Of an active population of approximately 152 million in the LatinAmerican and Caribbean region, 12 million are unemployed, and of these, 6.6million are young people. Therefore if the economic opportunities are to bemaximised and the region is to continue to attract foreign investors, moretraining is desperately needed and government investment in training is seen asa priority. Previous Article Next Article According to Carlos-Enrique Bengtsson, site director ofrecruitment consultancy Wideyes in Spain, until very recently companies didn’thave much interest in training their employees, especially the local ones.”They prefer to employ more manual workers than qualified people. Formultinationals it’s a different story,” he says. “They prefer toemploy fewer people but with the required skills for the job. In the pastdecade, the number of Latin American students in US universities has increasedand many multinationals now go directly to them. After all, they are much morelikely to be trained and prepared for the work in hand.” – International Labor Organisation: The region’s governments and organisations have gone togreat lengths to organise training initiatives to bridge the skills gap.According to Fernando Vargas Z£¤iga, consultant of the International LaborOrganisation (ILO), “In the past 20 years, all kinds of private traininginstitutions have appeared in Latin America, with such a speed that Cinterfor[Centro interamericano de investigacion y documentacion sobre formacionprofesional of Uruguay] has described it as a training ‘explosion’. In Brazil,for example, Planfor [the national plan for professional education] hasregistered almost 16,000 training institutions; in Colombia, it is estimatedthat some 400 private training entities exist; in El Salvador, a proportion ofthe training of Insaforp [the Salvadorian Institute of ProfessionalDevelopment] is contracted through some 60 collaborating centres; in theDominican Republic, training is in the hands of private institutions. In manycases, such institutions are closely linked with unions, syndicates or businesschambers. Some of them were formed due to the inadequate responses of publicinstitutions to fulfil the need for such training.” Governments in the region have also stepped up efforts to alleviateunemployment among the youth population. Proyecto Joven [Project for Youth],for example, has been set up in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Brazil tohelp improve young people’s employment possibilities by giving them intensive,overall training in the kind of jobs currently required in all sectors. InArgentina, the programme has set itself the goal of training up 280,000 people.In the first phase, started in 1994, over 100,000 young people were trained;another 180,000 will be trained in the next three years. Making the effortOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Today Further informationlast_img

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