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Young Rural Entrepreneurs Programme (Jóvenes Rurales Emprendedores) (2003-2015 )



Date: 2003- 2015
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: It is a programme developed for income generation, decrease unemployment and improve productivity in the rural sector, through the creation of sustainable productive projects and a customised training programme, in order to develop technical and entrepreneurs skills. The programme starts with the definition of productive projects by the SENA entrepreneurship unit, in partnership with local authorities and young participants The training content is set based on the projects to be undertaken. The training programme proposes the development of skills to carry out productive projects in strategic sectors and high occupational performance, preferably of the agricultural, livestock, fisheries, agro-industrial, commercial or service areas.


Target population: Rural youth from low socioeconomic strata, between 16 and 35 years.
Area of intervention: 1) Support to self employment
Geographic scale: National/ Rural Areas
Targeting method: Categorical (Rural youth between 16 and 35 years. In addition, other vulnerable population groups, such as displaced by violence and natural phenomena, people with disabilities, inmates, minor offenders, women heads of household, demobilised and peasant soldiers, without age limit).
Proxy means test (SISBEN Levels 1, 2 and 3)


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): National Training Service (SENA)
Executing organization(s): National Training Service (SENA)
Source of funding: Government of Colombia

1) Educational offer

Recipient(s): Programme participant
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: The programme aims to develop skills in students through training. The programme offers different types of training in the following sectors: agricultural, livestock, agroforestry, tourism, automotive, manufacturing, environment, culture and construction. Students graduate when they achieve the necessary expertise to develop the project they chose, without exceeding the maximum time set for each project that is five or six months. The duration of the training depends on the project and the group of students.


2) Production units

Recipient(s): Programme participant
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: Through the production units, the programme enables the group or business organisation that is not legally constituted and sells goods and services. It is expected that after the application of knowledge built by apprentices during their training, a new small business could start up. The programme also allows the creation of networks of suppliers and production chains. Once launched the project, a four or five months follow-up is carried out by the entrepreneurship unit SENA. After this stage, counselling can continue under request from stakeholders, for instance, advice on how to develop a formal business plan and access to funding sources.


Evaluación de impacto del programa Jóvenes Rurales Emprendedores del Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje –SENA

Author: Steiner, R. (Coord.)
Date: 2010
Publication info: Fedesarrollo, Bogotá D.C.
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation


Evaluación de impacto: Programa Jóvenes Rurales Emprendedores del SENA

Author: Castañeda, Carlos; González, José and Rojas, Norberto.
Date: 2010
Publication info: Working Paper No. 53 de 2010-2. Fundación para la Educación Superior y el Desarrollo (FEDESARROLLO).
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation




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