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2012 News

PFG Supports Youth Employment in El Salvador

Acting Chargé d'Affaires Carl Derrick congratulates some of the participants.

Acting Chargé d'Affaires Carl Derrick congratulates some of the participants.

On March 14, representatives from the U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Labor, the Salvadoran Institute for Professional Training (INSAFORP), Pizza Hut and Pollo Campero celebrated the graduation of 66 young adults from the “Jóvenes Comprometidos” customer service training program.

Jóvenes Comprometidos (in English, “Committed Youth”) is sponsored by USAID under the Partnership for Growth initiative. The program provides job training to Salvadoran youth between the ages of 18 and 26, in an effort to creating a more highly qualified labor force in El Salvador.

Of the 66 students in the current graduating  class, 27 had received job offers from Pizza Hut at the time of graduation, with another 6 students receiving offers from Pollo Campero.

Since the launch of the program in 2011, 409 youth have completed professional training, and 245 of these have found employment in restaurants and supermarkets such as Pollo Campero, Pizza Hut and Walmart.  An additional 29 graduations are scheduled for the coming year, with the goal of matching at least 700 additional youth with reputable job offers in El Salvador.

El Salvador is one of four countries (along with Ghana, Tanzania and the Philippines) participating in President Obama’s Partnership for Growth, an innovative approach to bilateral cooperation that joins the United States and El Salvador as partners in targeting the El Salvador’s main obstacles to economic growth.  Improving human capital by creating a more qualified labor force has been identified as one of the key goals of the Partnership in El Salvador.