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Godfather Entrepreneur Programme (Programa Padrino Empresario) (2000- )



Date: 2000-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The Godfather Entrepreneur Programme emerges as an alternative of prevention addressed to adolescents (men and women) exposed to social risk, whose ages range from 15 to 17 years. Participants receive job training for a future job in a sponsoring company so that once they finish their studies they can access a job. The programme is developed jointly with private companies (more than 130 sponsoring companies as of January 2016) that provide a monthly scholarship for facilitating the attendance to the company during five days weekly (and between four and six hours per day).


Target population: Adolescents between 15 and 17 years of age exposed to social risk.
Area of intervention: 1) Technical and vocational training
2) Indirect job creation
Geographic scale: Urban. Nationwide.
Targeting method: Categorical: young people in social risk
Comments: The sponsoring companies receive benefits as a deduction from the investment (payments made to the participants) in a 100% income tax. In addition, there is an agreement between the Ministry of Labour and the companies that do not have a working relationship with the participants because of the flexibilities that are offered to them: the company pays the scholarship to the Programme, which in turn pays participants fortnightly (bi-weekly).


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Social Development (MIDES) and Ministry of Labour Development (MITRADEL)
Executing organization(s): Ministry of Social Development (MIDES) and private sector (sponsoring companies)
Source of funding: Private sector

1) Job training

Recipient(s): Programme participants
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Comments: Teens are protected by a personal accident insurance (one hour before, during and one hour after the working hours); they are offered follow-up at an integral level (family, school and work); when the participant graduates and reaches the legal age, the company can hire him/her according to the performance obtained.
Description: Participants receive training in a sponsoring company, working between 4 - 6 hours per day (in morning or afternoon shifts depending on the school they attend) from Monday to Friday, in administrative areas such as accounting, data entry in computer systems, receptionists, archives, general support, internal and external courier. In addition, they receive monthly sums of money ranging from PAB$ 150 to PAB$ 225 per month, depending on the number of hours worked in the company; some companies would provide transportation and food vouchers (between PAB$ 20 and PAB$ 50 per fortnight).
Amount : PAB$ 150 - PAB$ 225




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