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Support for Argentine Students Programme (PROGRESAR) (2014-)

 

 

Date: 2014-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: This programme targets young people between 18 and 24 years old who are unemployed or informal workers whose incomes are below three times the minimum wage. It aims to support them to start or to complete their studies at any educational level. Also, the programme provides childcare services through the Ministry of Social Development or helps to find an appropriate childcare centre. Finally, the Ministry of Labour offers assistance to enrol in a vocational training programme, orientation sessions and labour intermediation in order to find a new or better position than the current job and internships.
   

Characteristics

Target population: Young people between 18 and 24 years who do not work or do it informally and whose incomes are below three times the minimum wage.
Advanced students up to 30 years.
Students belonging to indigenous peoples without an age limit, as well as students with disabilities.
Area of intervention: Remedial education
Professional and vocational training
Labour intermediation services
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorical
Direct means tested: Family or individual salaries (in the case of the recipient is single), should be lower than three times the minimum wage
Exit strategies or criteria: Participants exit the programme when they turn 25 years old.
Comments: It is extended to 30 years for advanced students to cover those cases of young people who enrolled the university later.
A redesign of the program was carried out in 2018, which resulted in a decrease in coverage. On the one hand, the upper age limit was extended for people who are at an advanced level of their careers from 25 to 30 years. Besides, academic conditionalities were modified.
   

Institutionality

Legal framework: Decree 84/2014
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology
Executing organization(s): PROGRESAR Executive Committee (Ministry of Economy and Public Finances, Head of Cabinet of Ministries), and Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology
Source of funding: Government of Argentina
   

1) Progresar Transfer

Recipient(s): Participants of the programme
Mode of delivery: Withdraw by debit card.
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly, up to 10 annual fees.
Recipient of the transfer: Direct recipient
Conditionalities: Education: Minimum of 75% of attendance to courses (twice per year the Formulario de Acreditación de Escolaridad should be presented). In case of tertiary or professional education, the programme requires a minimum of three subjects approved per year.
Health: Attendance to medical check-ups with an annual certification.
Sanctions: ...
Comments: In the moment of the inscription, the participant receives 80%, while 20% are held every month. In March, July and November of each year, participants have to bring a certificate that proves they are studying. Every time that they bring the certificate, they will receive the 20% retained during the quarter.
Description: It is an economic universal benefit conditioned to the attendance to training courses or to school. Moreover, it provides assistance for professional training, orientation and labour intermediation through the Ministry of Production and Labour and, the care of their children through the Ministry of Health and Social Development if it would be necessary.
Amount : Between ARS $1,250 and ARS $7,900 (in 2018)

 

2) Progresar Scholarships for the completion of obligatory education

Recipient(s): Participants of the programme.
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly, up to 10 annual fees.
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: It is a monthly economic benefit for young people who want to finish their primary or secondary education. 20% of the scholarship is disbursed at the end of the school year if the year completed is accredited. It is mandatory to approve the year taken to continue in the program.
Amount : ARS $1,250

 

3) Progresar Scholarships for the promotion of higher education

Recipient(s): Participants of the programme.
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Conditionalities: Having at least 50% of the subjects approved. Students who receive the scholarship but do not meet this requirement may receive ARS $ 1,600 (during 2018).
Comments: Stimulus to excellence: those who pass all subjects and maintain an average higher than 9, will receive financial support equivalent to 10 quotes the following year.
Description: It is a monthly economic benefit for young people who want to study at university or tertiary education. Scholarships increase as you go along with the studies 20% of the scholarship is disbursed at the end of the school year.
Amount : Between ARS $1,600 and $4,900

 

4) Progresar Scholarships for the promotion of professional training courses

Recipient(s): Participants of the programme.
Periodicity of delivery: Monthly
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: It is a monthly economic benefit for young people who want to enrol in professional training courses. 20% of the scholarship is disbursed by the end of the course, certifying through a document.
Amount : ARS $1,250

 

5) Complementary actions

Recipient(s): All programme recipients
Description: Actions aimed to support participants school completion , linking them to vocational training and labour inclusion programmes (mainly through the Youth with More and Better Job programme ), and to provide childcare centres to enable their participation on training sessions. Lastly, the programme offers a network of tutors to guide the formative process of recipients.

 

Trayectoria hacia el trabajo decente de los jóvenes en Argentina : contribuciones de las políticas públicas de educación, formación para el trabajo y protección social.

Author: Bertranou, Fabio; Casanova, Luis
Date: 2015
Publication info: International Labour Office -Geneve: ILO
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information

 

Programas de Transferencias Condicionadas orientados a jóvenes. El caso del PROG.R.ES.AR.

Author: D’Alessandre, Vanesa and Duer, Carolina
Date: 2015
Publication info: Cuaderno 22, IIPE – UNESCO, OEI
Link: See Webpage
Topic: General information

 

 

 

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