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Latin America and the Caribbean
First Job Grant (Beca Primer Empleo) (2013-2018)



Date: 2013-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: To promote the inclusion into the formal labour market of adolescents and young people between 16 and 25 years old of urban and rural areas, in situations of poverty, extreme poverty and unemployment, through temporary employment as apprentices. The programme has a total duration of eight months and is divided into two phases: 1) Training of 5 hours a week for a maximum of 60 hours and 2) internship in the assigned company. If the participant complies satisfactory with established co-responsibilities, the Ministry of Social Development provides him/her 2000 quetzals and the employer will make a payment equivalent to 40% of the current minimum wage plus an incentive bonus of 250 quetzals


Target population: Adolescents and young people aged 16 to 25
Area of intervention: 1) Professional and vocation training
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorical
Registry of recipients: SAB Scholarship Management System.


Legal framework: Ministerial Agreement No. 64-2012
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Social Development
Executing organization(s): Ministry of Social Development
Source of funding: Government of Guatemala

1) Training

Recipient(s): Programme participants
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participants
Description: The Technical Institute of Productive Training -INTECAP- provides training to programme participants. The training consists of 5 hours a week for a maximum period of 60 hours during the first phase of the Programme, being an indispensable requirement for the young apprentice to be certified.


2) Professional internship

Recipient(s): Programme participants
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Conditionalities: Attend punctually to the assigned company for training, according to the 35 hours per week in order to learn a trade.
Comments: The grant will be withdrawn when the user does not comply with the co-responsibilities
Description: In order to learn a trade, the participant will carry out an internship in an assigned company for 35 hours a week.




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