El Salvador – “FUSALMO” promotes youth employment in one of Salvador's most violent municipalities

05 August 2019

(ANS  Soyapango) – “Fundación Salvador del Mundo” (FUSALMO) is a non-profit Salesian organization that promotes the development of skills and integral and innovative education through the protagonism of children, adolescents and young people in conditions of social vulnerability. As part of the Salesian work that FUSALMO carries out through the area of socio-occupational management, young people are offered the opportunity to attend an English course for call centers, accompanied by specific training to the resources needed to work in a call center and the links with the employment offers of the sector's companies.

The course lasts six months and the lessons are held at the sports facilities of Don Bosco in the municipality of Soyapango, one of the most violent municipalities in El Salvador, which is why many young people in that town are discriminated against in recruitment.

According to statistics from the Foundation for Higher Education (FES), the unemployment rate among young people aged 15-29 in El Salvador is 11.8%, much higher than the national unemployment rate (7%).

“The young people who currently attend the course are already in the last phase, the one where interviews are carried out within the workshops ‘STEAM+LAB’, and where one collaborates with the human resources departments of the call centers with which we collaborate, who come to visit our facilities and carry out interviews of English knowledge assessment with the kids,” explained Jazmin cuellar, coordinator of the project FUSALMO. “On the total of participants, 80% is already eligible to go to work.”

Through its programmes, FUSALMO seeks to provide young people with the necessary tools and knowledge so that, in collaboration with the various companies, they can find a job and improve the quality of their lives and that of their families.

“I learned things I didn’t know before. I improved my English and I have the chance to get my first job, thanks to the alliances that FUSALMO has with call centers. I am very grateful to FUSALMO for giving me the opportunity to participate in this course. They are in solidarity with young people: it doesn't matter if they have much or little money; they give us this opportunity and this is very good,” says Denis Campos, 19 years old.

“When I started the course I didn’t have many expectations. I just came to pass the time. But then I realized that I liked English. They are good the opportunities FUSALMO offers because they do not waste time and then because elsewhere to teach you English you have to pay a lot, but here, regardless of the economic resources you have, you can come to learn,” adds 18-year-old Katherine Hernández.


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