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Canadian and Peruvian colleges partner to promote education for employment

Ottawa, October 20, 2014 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is proud to announce new institutional partnerships between Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics and Peruvian technical institutes. By working together they will help strengthen skills and technical training in key sectors of the Peruvian economy, which will better position students for employment.

The partnerships are part of CICan’s Education for Employment (EFE) Program in the Andean region. The Program’s objective is to improve the socio-economic well being of vulnerable youth, particularly young women, by providing employment-focused education. This also includes improving essential skills that promote self-employment and entrepreneurship.

“We are very happy to see the Education for Employment Program in the Andean region advancing so that young people can gain greater options and financial stability,” said CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “Canada is contributing to improved education outcomes for Peruvian students and business through the expertise and experience of Canadian colleges and institutes.”

Seventeen Peruvian delegates representing eight different technical training institutions were in Ottawa last week meeting with Canadian Colleges, concluding partnerships and discussing the next steps in implementing this innovative Program. Peruvian institutional officials were joined by representatives from the Peruvian Department of Education, as well as Peru’s ambassador to Canada who expressed support for the initiative.

“Canadian Colleges have a great deal of experience in providing education for employment”, noted Peruvian ambassador to Canada, Jose Antonio Raymundo Bellina Acevedo. “We are glad that Peruvian institutions will be able to benefit from this expertise. By working together, we can affect lasting change for Peruvian youth by providing them with the skills they need to succeed. This is one of the main goals of the Embassy I am in charge of.”

Similar partnerships have been concluded with institutions in neighbouring Bolivia and Colombia as part of the EFE Andean project.

About CICan

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes,polytechnics, and cégeps. The Association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities. CICan operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world. It has also been designated as the pan-Canadian UNEVOC centre and lead for the North American Cluster of UNEVOC centres.

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List of institutional partnerships

Centennial College and Durham College will share expertise in Agricultural Production/Food Industry with Instituto de Educación Superior, Técnico y Profesional (IESTP) – Illimo, Lambayeque Region.

Cégep de Trois-Rivières will work in production mechanics with the Instituto de Educación Superior, Técnico y Profesional (IESTP) – Olmos, Lambayeque Region

Durham College and Centennial College will share expertise in the culinary arts with Centro Experimental de Formación Profesional (CEFOP) – Trujillo, La Libertad Region.

Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Cegep Édouard-Montpettit will work in agricultural and livestock production with Centro Experimental de Formación Profesional (CEFOP) – Viru, La Libertad Region.

Nova Scotia Community College and Niagara College will share expertise in Viticulture and Oenology with Instituto de Educación Superior, Técnico y Profesional (IESTP) – CEFAM, Moquegua region.

Niagara College and Conestoga College will share expertise in the food industry with Instituto de Educación Superior, Técnico y Profesional (IESTP) – Valcarcel, Moquegua region.

Cégep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, College Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick and theFisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland will work on Agricultural and Livestock Production withInstituto de Educación Superior, Técnico y Profesional (IESTP) – Nor Oriental de la Selva, San Martin region

Norquest College and Olds College will share expertise in the food industry with Instituto de Educación Superior, Técnico y Profesional (IESTP) – Rioja, San Martin region.

 

For more information:
Julien Abord-Babin
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 ext. 3123
Twitter: @CollegeCan