Ein guter Start ins Erwerbslebe

A good start in working life

Training and job placement for marginalized young adults

A good start in working life: Training and job placement for marginalized young adults

Comuna 2 in the municipality of Soacha, in the agglomeration belt of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, Colombia

Vocational training, coming to terms with the past, non-violent conflict resolution, labour market integration

Direct: 270 young adults between the ages of 18-28 and 40 young adults from a previous project
Indirect: 810 family members

Fundación Apoyar, Bogotá

The planned project costs amount to CHF 483,129.


Project background

Many young adults living in the poorer districts of Soacha fled from rural areas before the civil war and are trying to build a new existence in the city that lies on the outskirts of Bogotá. However, they lack vocational training, a network and the knowledge of how to conduct themselves in job application situations. As a result, the unemployment rate of young refugees in Colombia is 58 percent. Frustrated, some become receptive to the promises of criminal gangs, while others make their living as poorly paid day labourers.

Project goals

Internally displaced young adults from Soacha earn their living through formal employment and actively contribute to a culture of peace.

  • 270 young adults undergo professional training, of which at least 60 percent of those in formal employment earn the legal minimum wage and are socially insured.

  • 270 young adults learn to deal with their experiences of violence and find a way to cope with their emotional injuries.

  • 180 young adults learn their rights and du- ties as citizens and contribute as trained ambassadors of peace actors to non-violent coexistence in families and residential areas.

Juan Amado, Kindergärtner

That's how Vivamos Mejor helped me

"What really helped me at my job as a kindergarten teacher was during my training, I learned the basics of motor and cognitive development in children through active playtime and group interaction."

In his hometown of Caparrapi, Juan's Family was displaced from their property by paramilitary units and had to relocate to Bogota. Thanks to Vivamos Mejor, he completed professional training and found a job there.

Juan Armado, Kindergarten Teacher and Graduate of the Project «Fit for the Job»