Updated: Oct 8, 2019
Youth employability is a key topic on the global Future of Work agenda and to address it in Guatemala, Nestlé through its Iniciativa por los jóvenes brought together with the support of GAN Guatemala and CentraRSE (Action Center for Corporate Social Responsibility) representatives from diverse sectors of the economy: government and company representatives, business leaders, students, entrepreneurs and youth activists.
Guatemala has a very particular context as it is projected that the country will have a demographic bonus in the next 10 years, with an expected 65% of the population being 15 to 29 years old. It is the country with the youngest population in Latin America. With an employment deficit of 150000 a year and such demographic projections, Guatemala needs to find a solution to the existing labor offer and demand mismatch, with urgency.
Among the proposed solutions, GAN Guatemala highlighted the importance of such multisector and multi-stakeholder events to promote constructive dialogue and create strategic alliances with the needs of youth and businesses alike in mind. Nestlé’s Iniciativa por los jóvenes was also presented, it’s goal being to develop the skills of trainees and employees through technical tools. To achieve better working conditions, a clearer legal framework must be put into place to give clarity both to companies and future employees. Diversifying the types of employment through the application of the Part-Time Work Convention (C175) of the ILO is also key.