Entrepreneurship education and vocational training in Costa Rica
The INA, a public vocational training institution in Costa Rica present throughout the nation, is aiming to strengthen entrepreneurial culture among its young students with this course, preparing them for a context in which starting up a small company or going self-employed may provide one of the best solutions to finding paid employment.
The Minister of Employment of Costa Rica, Víctor Morales Mora; the Executive Chairman of the National Learning Institute (Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, INA), Minor Rodríguez Rodríguez; and the Deputy Director of the ILO San José Office, Leonardo Ferreira Neves, have participated in the inauguration of the Know About Business (KAB) training of trainers programme run by the Centre.
The ILO’s KAB programme is designed to increase the employability of young people by fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, promoting the right attitudes to approaching the labour market successfully and contributing to the development of the necessary skills in young people for the transition from school to the world of work. The programme has been translated into 22 different languages and applied in 56 countries, of which 17 have already integrated KAB into national curricula.
Some 23 civil servants are taking part in the training activity taking place at INA headquarters in San José from 20 to 31 October. These civil servants come from a range of professional backgrounds, as well as the SME unit which is coordinating the process of implementing the KAB programme into the curricula of schools and colleges. Once these trainers have been accredited, they will also have the task of training other teachers in this methodology with the aim of preparing the institution’s human resources for the incorporation of KAB into the range of training programmes offered by the INA.