Young Bolivians face huge difficulties due to unemployment and precarious work. Solidar Suisse helps them to enter the labour market.
A majority without an employment contract
Three quarters of all young Bolivians work without an employment contract, as street vendors, domestic help, temporary construction or agricultural labours. Others, including graduates, are unable to get jobs because they lack professional experience. Many do not know how to apply for jobs successfully or lack sufficient knowledge about the labour market and their workers’ rights.
Solidar Suisse organises round tables at which young people, the authorities and representatives of the private sector can discuss these issues together. The round tables make it possible for initiatives that would previously have been unthinkable to be launched, including the introduction of jobs for women at brick factories, training for nurses or work placements that lead to permanent employment.
Solidar Suisse organises training on application processes and courses on customer service or managing a team. In addition, we promote start-ups.
In the three cities of La Paz, Viacha and Cobija, we support the authorities in making active efforts to support young people. This includes by adapting the legal and political framework conditions and creating more conducive labour market conditions.
Training and competition for people who work in media and a comprehensive communication campaign aim to create public awareness so that in the future, young people have better prospects of obtaining safe and fairly paid work.
«My shop sells health foods and products – I make the fruit juices and quinoa cakes myself. Beforehand I spent 14 years working as domestic help in La Paz, but I wasn’t always treated well there. Now I can live off what I earn with my shop.»
In 2019, 41 young women and 20 young men successfully entered the labour market. Some joined as employees, but most became independent small-scale entrepreneurs.
Over 500 young people – again, two thirds of them women – participated in courses on social competence and entrepreneurship.
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