Rumbo Joven, an orientation, training and coaching employability program for youth


Rumbo Joven is an employability program that seeks to reduce unemployment of Cali’s young population that have been displaced by Colombia’s violence, in conditions of exclusion, poverty and at high risk of being recruited by urban gangs.  This program guides, instills and coaches these youths in their life projects so that they may become gainfully employed.

The model includes three stages of training:

  1. Workshop of occupational and educational project that guides young people to build their life project, recognizing their capacities, knowledge and skills acquired in their context of life and reflecting about the constraints that may be detrimental for their chances of employment or professional development. At the same time participate in life skills training activities.
  2. Training in job skills: according to the market labor demand, specifically those of the companies previously involved in the project, training process is aimed at increasing job skills for positions of support in operational and administrative areas of business.
  3. Productive stage in which young people enter firms in the region to complete their internships. Currently the project has a labor partner network consisting of 26 local companies that host interns for the completion of their internship.


1.000  young people from the commune 13, 14, 15, 16, 20 and 21 of Cali, Colombia, between 18 and 28 years of age.


March 2014 to date


64% of young people who completed the stages of training in job skills were admitted to their internship and/or got jobs.


Executing Agency

Methodological transfer



More Information:

Contact: Leonardo Fabio Navarro
Phone: +57 (2) 333-12-30

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