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Skills for Prosperity Mexico (S4PM)

Funded by the UK Department for International Development, the Skills for Prosperity (SFP) programme aims to spur inclusive economic growth in Mexico via more productive and equitable skills sectors improving employability, employment opportunities and the earning potential of beneficiaries. It seeks to facilitate effective education-to-employment partnerships at the state level in 3 to 6 Mexican states, prioritising sectors key to national economic development, and developing an enabling environment for a strong skills ecosystem through technical assistance and capacity-building.

Overall, the Skills for Prosperity programme will benefit poor women and men in Mexico so that they are better served by improved Higher Education (HE) and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and are better positioned to participate in employment and the economic growth of the country.

Our customer

DAI Europe Ltd (DAI)

Funded by

Department for International Development (DFID)

Aim of the project

The programme will reduce poverty in Mexico through providing support to tackle skills deficits, which are holding back sustainable and inclusive growth. It has three key outcomes:

  1. Improved relevance TVET and HE to the skills set needed by industry in areas key to Mexican national economic development;
  2. Improved quality of learning outcomes from TVET and HE provision in the public and private sectors in Mexico and
  3. Improved equity in access to the provision of TVET and HE in the public and private sectors in Mexico, and improved progression to employment for marginalised groups.
Challenges the project aims to address

Multiple studies have outlined the challenges facing Mexico’s education system, particularly in relation to quality, relevance, equity and cost-effectiveness and its impact on the economic growth. Scoping work conducted by the Association of Colleges in December 2018 identified the following challenges to Mexico’s labour productivity:

  • Insufficient linkages between education and industry, meaning that curricula, teaching methods, equipment and materials are less relevant to the needs of industry
  • High number of 18-29-year-olds who are not in work, education or training
  • Large informal sector employing a high proportion of the labour force
  • Lack of clear ‘line of sight’ pathways to stable, well-paid employment
  • Limited coordination and use of labour market data, exacerbated by lack of IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) resources for youth
  • Limited diversity of fields/courses, levels of study and flexible approaches in Higher Education
  • Negative public perception of technical careers 
  • Lack of English language skills and soft skills restricting employment opportunities
  • Low female take-up in STEM subjects
  • Anticipated labour market changes arising from the fourth industrial revolution

To find out more visit www.dai.com/our-work/projects/mexico-skills-for-prosperity-mexico-s4pm

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