Programa Para O Futuro - Enabling Disadvantaged Youth to Build New Futures

Author(s): 
Eric Rusten, Tania Ogasawara, and Kristin Brady
Organization/Affiliation(s): 
FHI 360
Resource Type: 
Publication Date: 
Jun, 2005

In this study, disadvantaged Brazilian youth participated in a year-long program that used technical skills training as the foundation for learning, while also developing the soft skills that are potentially more important for longer term success.

Program Para O Futuro (PPF) piloted a new model for employability training focusing on disadvantaged youth in Brazil. Youth participated in a year-long program that used technical skills training as the foundation for learning, while also developing the soft skills that are potentially more important for longer term success.

Unlike traditional training models that prepare youth to find a job in the short term, PPF focused on ensuring young people have the capacity for long term employment and career growth. Project-based learning was a key mechanism for technical, soft, and employability skills delivery. Through this delivery model, disadvantaged youth gained the opportunity not only to develop new skills, but also to envision themselves in the workplace, living a better future. Approximately one year after formal training was completed, 92% of PPF graduates were considered employable, as they were either attending post secondary school, had worked, or both.

Topic: 
Workforce Development
Regions: 
Latin America & the Caribbean
Tags: 
Education
Non-formal Education
Training & Capacity
Unemployment
Vocational Education
Youth