Useless Technical Training

Only 25% of graduates from Costa Rica 's National Institute of Learning managed to obtain a job in the specialty in which they supposedly were trained.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Two articles in warn of the very serious situation that is affecting not only young people who are wasting their time studying what will not help them get a job, but also that demand from companies for trained personnel is not being satisfied either, diminishing the competitiveness of the Costa Rican economy, and bringing down the aforementioned superiority of the country's human capital over the rest of the region.

In his article analyst Juan Carlos Hidalgo points out that in the last 7 years the National Institute of Learning's (INA) budget increased by 45%, while the number of graduates decreased by 40%.

Nuria Marín Raventós writes "... The study Modernization of vocational training in Costa Rica revealed that only 25% of INA graduates obtain employment in their areas of study and 60% of those who start a course are later unable to find a job.

It also highlights "...the productive sector has a lack of talent in strategic areas, which shows that resources are spent without a strategic vision of the country's development, training of questionable quality is being provided and there is a divorce between supply and demand for labor."

The cherry on the cake is that the executive president of the institution, who has been in office for three years, declared without shame that "... he does not know why his graduates can not get a job.

See full articles INA's mess and INAceptable (in Spanish).

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