Software Development Center

First Software Development Center is inaugurated and offers the opportunity to train about a thousand young people

On March 11, 2018, the United States Embassy, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Gloria de Kriete Foundation inaugurated the first Software Development Center to benefit close to thousand young people with job skills, internships and jobs. This alliance of approximately $2.3 million dollars will allow the creation of four centers in San Salvador, Sonsonate, Ahuachapán and Santa Ana.

The event was chaired by the Ambassador of the United States, Jean Manes; the President of the Gloria de Kriete Foundation, Roberto Kriete, and the Director of the Gloria de Kriete Foundation, Celina de Kriete. As part of the USAID “Puentes para el Empleo (Bridges to Employment)” project initiatives, the centers, when fully-equipped, will serve to train and certify young people  between the ages of 16 and 29 who are in vulnerable situations, and who live, work or study in the aforementioned municipalities. The participants will be able to leans academic and work-related skills related to programming projects. The centers will adopt and expand the curriculum developed by the Salvadoran Chamber of Information and Communication Technologies (CASATIC), as well as include the Skills for Life and Work module created by the National Institute of Youth (INJUVE).

The project is funded by a USAID grant of $1,530,776, while the Gloria de Kriete Foundation provided $746,875. The program is expected to train around 945 young people in the four centers, and manage about 300 permanent employment contracts through partnerships with partner companies.

This effort seeks to improve the quality of the workforce development services of the Gloria de Kriete Foundation and its partners ESFE ÁGAPE and J. Borja Foundation to respond to the labor demands of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector. Likewise, it is expected to improve the employability of vulnerable young people so that they can be later employed in the ICT sector.

Ambassador Manes said, “We believe in the potential of youth and we know that, with the right tools, they will become the driving force for El Salvador towards economic growth and prosperity.”

For his part, Roberto Kriete stressed the importance of developing productive skills and values in young people to prepare them for the workforce. Mr. Kriete thanked USAID for this partnership, that will facilitate the link between the technical training that the country needs and employment opportunities for youth.

With a duration of five years (2015-2020), the USAID Bridges for Employment project improves the employability of youth, helping them to continue their formal education; advance in their professional development through training of technical skills, skills for life and work; or become entrepreneurs. In addition, the project works with companies, civil society organizations and training centers to optimize their performance, linking them together and thus facilitate the paths to employment for young people, including young women and vulnerable populations.