Shortage of Specialized Technicians in Nicaragua

There is still a shortage of workers with the skills and technical training needed to work in several sectors, ranging from agriculture to telecommunications.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Workers with skills to not only operate but also repair specialized farm machinery, and even to train people in the operation of specialized software are what companies have been unable to find in different sectors in Nicaragua. Despite efforts, some even made by various private companies, to fund studies and train their employees so that they can acquire the necessary skills, there remains a significant gap between labor supply and demand in the country.

At the academic level, there is a need to review the supply [of courses] in order to improve them and adapt them to the needs of the companies and sectors most in demand, such as agriculture, industry and agribusiness. 

See: "The Talent in Demand in Nicaragua's Economy"

Among the sectors with the highest demand for technical personnel are the construction sector, industry and agribusiness. Juan Carlos Amador, coordinator of the Renet and CEO of the Chamber of Industry of Nicaragua (Cadin), told that "... 'In the industrial sector, for example specialized welders are needed in various types of industry'.

José Adán Aguerri, president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP) explained that in the automotive sector, "... another phenomenon in qualifying workers is that companies who are importing vehicles send one or two mechanics to be trained and then when they return, another company manages to hire them,'they are left with a situation where they do not have enough mechanics to be able to respond to the greater number of vehicles they have'."

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