Mission to Guatemala for supporting VALENTINA Program.


Arrived on July 2, 2019 for a mission to Guatemala in the city of the same name, David Bélanger, the founder of WOB will be there for at least 9 months to support a new local partner, the Valentina Program, in a CECI mandate (Centre d’Études et de Coopération Internationale).

David Bélanger, founder of the WOB Collective for Employability and Youth Mobility, has a mandate from July 2, 2019 to March 30, 2020, which will consist in carrying out various training activities for employees of CECI’s partners and young candidates looking for a job, supported by the Valentina Program and other CECI partner organizations in Guatemala. It is through the Uniterra 3 program and CECI of Canada that David can offer his capacity building services to the VALENTINA Program, created by Funsepa investment funds.

In Guatemala in 2017, only 163 schools out of a total of 34,000 had access to the Internet and only 4,000 of them had some technological modality in their classrooms. There is no doubt that the digital divide is widening and affecting a large part of the population, especially children and young people. It was with the encouragement of meeting these needs and taking advantage of the growth of the technology sector that the VALENTINA program of Funsepa was born. VALENTINA has trained at-risk youth, in a precarious situation, through an innovative educational model aimed at providing their students with the skills expected by employers in the sector, the program inserts them into the workplace in job opportunities in the sector technologies. As a result, the VALENTINA team successfully trained Guatemalan youths to create a career of skilled workers, including extensive psychometric testing and assessments of skills, abilities and behavior.

Responsibilities and expected results:

  • Ensure equal participation and representation of women and youth in all activities of the mandate in the development of sustainable tools.
  • Analysis of the existing processes of the partner company and their added values.

Objectives : Ensure that the process of management activities is understood by everyone and that the value chain meets the mission of the Valentina program. This analysis will in addition evaluate added values, business values and eliminate processes without added values to continuously improve processes and share them with stakeholders effectively. Trainings for process owners will be given to transfer knowledge to define, evaluate, improve and maintain them for organizational autonomy.

Period: During the first part of the analysis phase, about 3 days a week for more or less 2 months.

  • Analysis of IT solutions for human resources management. Planning a strategy to equip the organization with an information system that will meet the information management needs of the Valentina program to achieve this goal.

Objectives: Assessment of candidates and employers to make a better match between the needs of businesses and those of young people.

Especially for capacity building training objectives to enable young people to access quality and interesting work that will not only meet the needs of employers, but also the needs of candidates to improve their living conditions while meeting the needs of employers. human resources companies qualified by the Valentina program.

Period: During the second part of the analysis phase, about 3 days a week for more or less 6 months.

Objectives: Capacity building through training workshops for young women and men in the development and management of websites and other related projects to enhance their skills in this field.

  • Capacity building to manage the updating and security of data of a website.
  • Capacity building to improve communications and information management to implement the operationalization of Web communication and digital marketing strategies (social networks, newsletters, etc.).

Period: 4 to 8 hours a week. Evaluate at about 20 formations.

Objectives : Transmiting required reports by the recipient organization and the Uniterra 3 program.

  • Drafting of monitoring and evaluation reports to assist CECI Guatemala in compiling statistical data to meet the mandate of the Uniterra 3 program.

Period: July for the work plan, 15 November for a mid-term report and end of March for the end-of-session report.

About local partners

The objective of Funsepa is to improve the quality of education in Guatemala through an innovative use of technology, its VALENTINA Program supports the professional integration of young Guatemalans for jobs in the information technology and communications sector to fill the many missed opportunities by youth for the needs of the local market. It’s through training program that they offer young people accelerated training of 6 weeks for a better autonomy to employment.

The effectiveness of the measure accelerates their learning of information and communication technologies for organizations needs participating in the funding program where talented individuals are placed in meaningful employment with employer partners.

The organization comes to match the needs of companies for human resources field and young pooling talent qualified by the program seeking employment in this area.

The results are convincing, this process allowed young people of VALENTINA Program to reach a better comparative result, because the regular path of long specialized studies requires investment of time and money without forgetting that this type of schooling is not accessible for every one. The VALENTINA Program has proved through studies that this type of program gives 24% more chances to young people to succeed in their school year than the training given in traditional schools.

This type of approach also reduces student drop-out rates by half compared to the traditional system, so the program actively contributes to fighting early school leaving.

Reference : http://funsepa.org/cms/es/investigaciones.