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Vocational Training Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

In front of the Vocational Training School.

 In front of the Vocational Training School.

In front of the Vocational Training School. In front of the Vocational Training School.


Electrical engineering class. Electrical engineering class.


 Students in sewing and design class.  Students in sewing and design class.


 Bartending and Dining service program.  Bartending and Dining service program.

Fundación Educativa de Desarrollo Economico y Social (FEDES), Santiago, Chile

In collaboration with the government and international agencies, FCF project partner FEDES initiated a Vocational Training School program in Santiago, whereby young people from underprivileged backgrounds are taught trades. Since its inception over 3 years ago, the program has grown dynamically, with FEDES training up to 300 young people per semester in a variety of vocations: computer assembly and repair, sewing, tailoring and design, homecare nursing, house construction, carpentry, electrical engineering, plumbing, and bartending and dining services.

To determine individual's eligibility for the program, FEDES partners with local social services, with some of the principle criteria being inability of the potential student's family to pay for his or her education, professional inclination of the candidate, desire of the potential student to study and to pursue a given profession in order to be able to support themself and their family.

In addition to acquiring a vocational skill, the training provided enables the students to acquire a proactive attitude and mindset. These young people receive character building courses and leadership training in people-handling skills, efficiency, time-management, and team working, as well as English-language skills. Since many of these young people lack basic training and thus the self-esteem necessary to present themselves, the curriculum also includes a personal development course, with instruction on everything from personal hygiene, manners and etiquette to writing a resume.

Towards the end of their course, each student is given marketing training in order to prepare them for the job market and/or to be self-employed, in cooperation with local companies.

The venture is also geared to Micro Enterprise. For example, the FEDES House Construction program has the capacity to produce three hundred 400 square foot houses monthly. The production of this low-cost housing creates housing possibilities for impoverished families. The plant provides housing to 60 community centers of the districts of El Bosque, Lo Espejo and San Bernardo.

Additionally, students are encouraged to put training into practice in the community. For example, students undertake repairing or renovating homes of the poorer students or of other members of the community that may be in need.

For more, click the following link: FEDES