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¿Qué está pasando en el Bajío de México?

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez

Antes de visitar Guanajuato México por primera vez, leía sobre el rápido crecimiento de la industria automotriz, la cantidad de empresas multinacionales instaladas allí, las comunidades pobres alrededor de los parques industriales, la paradoja de requerir mucha mano de obra, pero al mismo tiempo la falta de oportunidades y la alta migración. La semana pasada visitamos Irapuato, Silao y Salamanca para comprender mejor la situación actual del estado en cara a nuestro nuevo proyecto para mejorar las perspectivas laborales de los jóvenes que viven ahí.

Mexican youth: ready for jobs in renewable energy?

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez

With the end to Mexico’s state monopoly over energy and the opening up to foreign investment in 2013, new employment opportunities are arising in the renewable energy sector. But what skills do these jobs require?  And is the workforce ready to meet private sector demands? 

The NEO challenge: look outward to make an impact on youth employment

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez and Claudio Cortellese

The focus of the initiative New Employment Opportunities for Youth (NEO) is simple: to help 1 million young people in Latin America and the Caribbean prepare for the job market and find a first good job. The initiative sets out to achieve this by creating multi-sector partnerships with stakeholders in education, job training, and businesses. The theory is that together, they will address problems of youth unemployment, young people’s lack of work skills, and employers’ need for skilled workers. The goal is simple but the strategy to achieve it is not; the problem is complex, and difficult to address from a single perspective. It requires a systemic approach.

NEO: One year later

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez

NEO - New Employment Opportunities for Youth- marked one year since its launch at last year’s Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. The implementation team (theMIFIYF and the IDB) has had a frantic year of planning and preparation to begin its execution, but we’ve also seen significant progress on all fronts of developing this ambitious initiative.

Lanzamiento de NEO en Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

By Elena Heredero Rodriguez


Elena Heredero, especialista del FOMIN, informa sobre su reciente viaje a México, que será el primer país en lanzar la iniciativa de capacitación juvenil Nuevos Empleos y Oportunidades (NEO).

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