Innovative Policy 2017 on Employment and Vocational Education & Training
Training and placing the vulnerable in Chile
|Responsible body||National Training and Employment Service (SENCE), Ministry of Labour and Social Security|
Chile’s More Capable programme helps disadvantaged women, young people, and persons with disabilities to access the labour market through skills training, supported employment, and labour intermediation. For the first time, the country’s labour market inclusion policy has established a specific budget and programme line for people with disabilities. In 2015, 2,685 persons with disabilities were trained, and in 2016 an additional 2,550 were trained, of whom about 9.5 per cent have found employment three months after the course. It is expected that some 20,000 persons with disabilities will be trained by 2018.
To address the major gaps in access to education and employment for women, vulnerable youth, and persons with disabilities, and at the urging of the President of Chile, the National Training and Employment Service (SENCE) led a participatory process that created the More Capable programme in cooperation with stakeholders, including disabled people’s organizations. In 2014, Resolution No. 3379 approved labour grants for persons with disabilities as well as Decree No. 101, which created and established the legal framework for the programme. These, in turn, were adopted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. The pilot programme was evaluated in December 2015.
«Thanks to this programme, I became a Mechanic and I could prove that I am capable.»
The More Capable programme offers two models for persons with disabilities. In one – the inclusive model – they receive training in regular courses; in the other – the specialized model – courses are composed of people with disabilities only. Job training consists of 180 to 300 hours in a training entity, plus 90 to 180 hours of practice. Labour intermediation includes interview, assessment, job search, placement, and monitoring. Competencies are certified. Workers are provided with reasonable accommodation and support for up to six months, and SENCE is required to evaluate the programme annually and to report to the Ministry.