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Written by: Pilar Navarrete, SENA Head Office Communications – General Directorate


Colombian young people are characterized by their capability, their creativity and their excellent human talent, they are also incredibly resilient, perseverant, and full of passion and impetuosity. Young people are the core of entrepreneurship, culture, and innovation, therefore, they play an important role in the country’s economic recovery, transformation and future development.
All those great characteristics mentioned above –and many more- outline the beliefs that we uphold in the National Apprenticeship Service (SENA), that is the reason why we have a greater commitment with the purpose of giving more opportunities for this broad community that, according to figures presented by DANE between February and April 2021 number some 12’403.000 people, which is about 30 percent of Colombian´s total population.
In this regard it is worth to quote the words spoken by the President Ivan Duque, within the context of the launch of the Strategy “SENA, future for young people”, in which the work that has been carried out by the institution in terms of education, employment and entrepreneurship was stressed: “It has been almost 70 years since SENA at the service of our country became an opportunity maker for thousands of Colombians. That is why it is so important for the country to strengthen the creative culture and build an entrepreneurial Colombia with the help of the young people”. Undoubtedly, this represents a great opportunity for Colombia with this great pact for the youth entrepreneurship in which SENA plays a fundamental role.
In fact, this important initiative contemplates an investment of over $158 thousand million pesos focused on developing training actions, the creation of formal employment, development of business ideas and new enterprises throughout the national territory, fulfilling one of the most meaningful purposes of our country which elevates the entity’s commitment to a whole new level.
In terms of employment, a goal has been set to generate 172 thousand new jobs for young people providing them with stability in formal employment and decent working conditions.
With regard to entrepreneurship 20 thousand million pesos were made available by the Fondo Emprender to support the creation of 250 new enterprises led by young people aged between 18 and 20 and the creation of 1.000 jobs throughout the country.
In addition, actions pertaining to the relevant training to face the fourth industrial revolution will be taken, making 32.000 quotas available for young people to acquire digital skills in the software sector in the framework of the initiative Digital SENA. Furthermore, 850 thousand quotas will also be made available to enter the 21st-century Digital Citizenship route, which provides them with the necessary tools to face the changes of the digital transformation developed by the OECD standards. Another 400 thousand quotas for the complementary training related to creative industry will be available as well, with a budget of $67.066 thousand million pesos.
In conclusion, this is a major commitment that gives Colombian young people a significant message: we believe in them and we want to help them develop their ideas to create and transform their environment and also make important contributions to our country. Young people are Colombia. Young people are SENA.
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Carlos Mario Estrada Molina: SENA General Director.
Pilar Navarrete Rivera: SENA Head Office Communications.
Editorial Committee: Guillermo Martin, Karen Camacho y Fernando García. General Information: Journalists General Direction Regional Communicators. Design: República Audiovisual.