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Learning By Doing (Ex Panama Pro Youth / Ex Panamá Pro Joven) (2014- )



Date: 2014-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The program aims to reduce the unemployment rate of young students graduated from Bachelor, University or Technical Training of the National Institute of Vocational Training and Preparation for Human Development (INADEH), who have not participated in a formal employment. Through investment in training and internships, the program is aiming to include participants in the labour market. Prior to the internship period, the programme participants will enrol in training to strengthen soft abilities for employment, and once the process has begun, they receive PAB$ 300 monthly from the Ministry of Labour and Work Development (MITRADEL). Since 2019, the program Panamá Pro Youth became Learning by doing.


Target population: Youth aged 17 to 24 years graduated from selected vocational and technical schools, who have not had a formal employment relationship.
Area of intervention: 1) Technical and vocational training
2) Labour intermediation services
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Means test


Legal framework: Law N°121 from December 30th, 2019
Resolution N° DM-502-2014 and Decree N° 218-2015-DMySC
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Labor and Work Development (MITRADEL)
Executing organization(s): Ministry of Labor and Work Development (MITRADEL)
Source of funding: Government of Panama

1) Soft abilities training

Recipient(s): Programme participants
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Conditionalities: Programme participants should keep attending the course until the training concludes
Comments: The training time of the youth groups will be 20 hours for groups of up to 100 young people, while for groups of more than 100 young people it will be up to 40 hours
Description: There will be agreements between the Ministry of Labour and Labour Development (MITRADEL) and other governmental and private entities, to successfully implement the training of the interns. Classes will be held to help participants to develop soft skills such as leadership, emotional intelligence, teamwork, frustration management, financial education entrepreneurship, human relations management, equality of opportunities, labour rights, vocational strengthening and development of technical skills.


2) Internship

Recipient(s): Programme participants
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Conditionalities: Accomplish attendance and use of internship work in a real business environment
Comments: There will not be a relationship between the participating company and the apprentice. This relation will be regulated by a cooperation agreement between the MITRADEL, the participating company and the intern.
The cooperation agreement will grant the parties the power to end the intership before three months. However, the terminating party must submit its justification in writing.
Description: The intership will last three months in a private company. During this period, the young participants will receive from MITRADEL an economic support of PAB $ 300.00, and the participating company must inform the Ministry every 15 days about the assistance, performance and evolution of the intern. In this way, there will be a follow-up, evaluation and personalized advice to the participant that who requires it. Young interns will obtain the status of a worker, if they successfully complete the program and obtain a job offer at the company in which they developed the internship.
Amount : PAB$ 300.00




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