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800 people from 15 communities outside the Greater Metropolitan Area will improve their English language skills

AUGUST 14th 2018

  • The project is an alliance between CINDE, the Ministry of Labor and the ALIARSE foundation, and is part of the government’s initiative: The Alliance for Bilingualism. 
  • People living in poverty and/or extreme poverty, graduated from High-School and who currently are not working or studying will benefit from this program.
San José, Costa Rica. August 14th, 2018.  800 people from 18 to 35 years old will increase their English language skills and will have better job opportunities. They belong to 15 communities outside the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), such as Puntarenas, San Carlos, and San Ramón. Another 200 beneficiaries will be part of the program that to Santa Ana and La Unión. 

All the beneficiaries are living in poverty and/or extreme poverty, are graduated from High-School and currently are not working or studying. They belong to a program created by the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE), the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS), and ALIARSE, an organization that promotes private-public alliances. 
The students are chosen from the Empléate Program and the National Employment Program (PRONAE) from the Ministry of Labor. 

The initiative includes the participation of native speaker teachers that will come to Costa Rica from countries such as: The United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
The 17 contemplated communities, for this first stage, are part of the 20 areas that CINDE has been working with, since the last two years, to increase their local competitivity and are also part of the Ministry’s employment programs. 

Apart from improving their English language skills, the students will also have soft skills workshops in areas such as searching for a job, how to prepare for a job interview and how to write down their CV’s. 

“This effort goes hand to hand with the Alliance for Bilingualism effort. Being proficient in English opens the doors to great opportunities for Costa Ricans, since it generates more employability; expands the possibilities of studying inside or outside the country in careers that are taught in that language, allows you to know other cultures, and do business with other latitudes, for example. In other words, speaking English opens the spectrum to Costa Rica in all areas that promote development, "said Jorge Sequeira, CINDE’s Managing Director. 

The Minister of Labor and Social Security, Steven Núñez Rímola, indicated that: "this is the first action the Ministry of Labor and Social Security executes within the framework of the recently signed Alliance for Bilingualism, in which our goal is to train 15,000 people in the English proficiency. These first thousand people are an important step in achieving this goal. I also emphasize the importance of 800 people benefiting from locations outside the Greater Metropolitan Area, because in those areas there is a significant shortage of people with English proficiency; this will undoubtedly improve their capabilities for employability. "

 "Our objective is to promote and strengthen public-private cooperation in strategic issues for the country’s development. That is why we focus our efforts on finding tools that we can provide to young people to improve employability through the articulation of public-private efforts at the national and local levels," said Aitor Llodio, Executive Director of ALIARSE.

Immediate start
Puntarenas, San Carlos and San Ramón are the first communities that will begin the program between September and December of the present year. The course will be extended for one year and, every four months, teachers will rotate so that students can learn from different accents and experiences. Once the courses are completed, they will be certified under the TOEIC test.

The program of the Ministry of Labor is committed to training a total of 15 thousand people in total by 2022.
 
For more press information
Fabiola Domínguez, CINDE: fdominguez@cinde.org 
Geovanny Díaz, MTSS: geovanny.diaz@mtss.go.cr 
Jennifer Rojas, ALIARSE: jennifer.rojas@aliarse.org