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My First Decent Job (Mi Primer Empleo Digno) (2008-)



Date: 2008-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The programme Mi Primer Empleo Digno was created in 2008, inspired in the former programme Mi Primer Empleo, implemented by the municipal Government of La Paz. It has the objective to facilitate and improve the labour inserction of youtng persons between 18 and 24 years with limited economic ressources, that reached the 2d year of secondary school in the urban and peri-urban areas of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz, improving their empleability conditions in the labour market, through training programmes and internship. The programme execution is made through a resgistry and selection of the Capacitation Institute (Institutos de Capacitación, ICAP) that are responsible of the training in function of the market demands; and of the companies where the internship takes place and of labour insertion. In In both cases there are no consideration about how confront the labour segmentation by sex and year that predominates in the labour market and the employment structures. The programme is executed through Employment Promotion Units, which creation at the department level is part of the programme


Target population: Young people between 18 and 24 years
Area of intervention: Technical and professional training
Indirect job creation
Support to self-employment
Geographic scale: Urban and peri-urban areas of the cities of La Paz, El Alto, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz


Legal framework: Decree 29246 (2007)
Decree 29272 (2007)
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Prevision
Executing organization(s): Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Prevision
Source of funding: World Bank and Government of Bolivia

1) Training courses

Recipient(s): Beneficiaries of the programme
Periodicity of delivery: Daily
Recipient of the transfer: Direct beneficiary
Description: The first phase of the programme gives three months training in specific skills within construction sector (general and specialized ones), manufacture sector (textile, wood, plastic, jewelry), and services (food and beverage, accommodation, publicity, computer repair, office assistant, among others). Youngs between 18 and 24 years, who access to the programme, receive during the three first months of theory courses a daily a daily allowance from Bs.15 to Bs.25, for refreshment and transportation costs, as well as an accident insurance during training.
Amount : Men: Bs. 15, Women: Bs. 17, Mothers: Bs.25, Student with disabilities: Bs. 22.


Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct beneficiary
Description: Those graduates of the first component (training classes) are offered a three-month internship with a workload of 10 hours, in companies related to the skills acquired during training classes. In this phase, participants receive financial support equivalent to one national minimum wage (one proportion is covered by the program and the other by the company). In addition, participants receive an accident insurance during the internship
Amount : Bs. 350


3) Labour inclusion

Recipient(s): Beneficiaries of the programme
Recipient of the transfer: Direct beneficiary
Description: Graduate trainees from the third component (Internship) may be eligible for entry into the labor market. The company covers 100% of salary. Young people who are not inserted in fixed positions can receive support for an own small business


Diagnóstico del programa "Mi primer empleo digno"como política pública estatal. La experiencia en la ciudad de El Alto 2008-2014

Author: Jhonny Mayta Gutierrez
Date: 2014
Publication info: Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Case study


Capacitación Laboral y Empleabilidad, evidencia de Mi Primer Empleo Digno

Author: Hernani-Limarino, Werner and Villarroel, Paul M
Date: 2011
Publication info: Working Paper, Marzo 2015, Fundación ARU
Link: See Webpage
Topic: Impact evaluation




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