Innovative Policy 2021 on Employment and ICT

National state-run training and job-placement programme for people with disabilities

SENCE is the National Training and Employment Service in Chile. In 2014 it started its Training for Work programme for people with disabilities, consisting of vocational training in both trade-specific and soft skills as well as post-training work placements. During training, people receive a daily allowance and are also eligible for a childcare stipend. From 2015 to 2020 there were a total of 9,929 participants, of whom 7,995 completed the programme.

“It was an emotional, beautiful experience to learn about new job opportunities.”

About the policy at a glance
Laws and regulations involved:Training for Work for People with Disabilities
Responsible Body:National Training and Employment Service (SENCE)
of Implementation


  • Between 2019 and 2020, 314 people had post-training work placements, corresponding to 33 per cent of those who passed the training
  •  56 per cent of programme graduates are employed within 12 months, according to an independent study published in 2019


A lack of education and training opportunities for people with disabilities in Chile results in a significant employment gap.


The Training for Work programme is offered nationwide to people with disabilities aged 16 and over, including training in both trade-specific technical skills and more general employment skills. People also learn about their social and employment rights, and can strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills. With the help of regional partners who enlist companies, participants complete their work experience of 180 to 360 hours. For those who complete the training, the final stage is a post-training work placement, offering a contract of at least three months and a salary above minimum wage. On average, 56 per cent of trainees who complete the programme are employed within a year.

The programme is run by vocational training organizations, foundations, higher education institutions, and local government agencies. These organizations are monitored and supported by regional SENCE agencies with guidelines, materials, and a web platform where performance indicators are recorded. SENCE also works with the national Network of Inclusive Companies and the Disability Committee of the Federation of Chilean Industry to connect employers with the programme.

Two women are in a kitchen in a pizzeria. One woman holds a spoon and is spooning ingredients from a bowl onto a pizza base while the other woman observes her.

A Train to Work trainee is supervised as she works at making pizza.


Train for Work is fully financed by the National Training Fund. The budget for 2020 is approximately US$3.5 million and will increase to US$3.6 million in 2021. A total of 2,325 training places are available, 1,245 will be added in 2021.

The programme has not been replicated internationally, but detailed documentation exists to support its implementation. In addition, it is based on an internationally verified model of supported employment, so it could be adopted by other countries.


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