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Government of Peru signs five-year education agreement with Association of Canadian Community Colleges

Ottawa, ON, April 15, 2014 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the government of Peru have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to share Canadian expertise in technical post-secondary education.  The agreement, with Peru’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour and Promotion of Employment, builds on earlier progress towards implementation of ACCC’s Education for Employment (EFE) program.

peru_21ACCC will facilitate the creation of partnerships with Canadian institutions over the coming years. This will help strengthen skills and technical training in key sectors of the Peruvian economy, which will better position students for employment.

“Canadian colleges, institutes and polytechnics are among the best in the world in terms of the high percentage of employability of our graduates. On average, 91 per cent of students find a job in their field within six months of graduation and employer satisfaction with their work reaches 93 per cent. We are pleased to know that the education for employment expertise acquired by ACCC and its members will benefit the people of Peru,” said Denise Amyot, ACCC President and CEO. “EFE has already proven successful in African and Caribbean nations and we are eager to expand this success into the Andean region.”

“Economic growth in Peru has been of 5% per year for the past decade. This has created a strong demand for technical training to which our country must respond,” added José Martín Vegas Torres, Deputy Minister in Peru’s Department of Education. “The expertise of Canada and of the ACCC will allow the Department of Education, along with regional governments in Peru, to put in place a technical training policy that will strengthen the management and innovation capacity of our training institutions and improve the employment opportunities of our youth.”

Thanks to the support of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), who is investing $5.7 million in the partnership with Peru, the EFE program will increase the competitiveness of the Andean region by supporting the availability of education and training based on the needs of employers. The program also helps address poverty amongst vulnerable young people and helps them improve their opportunities to participate in the labour market.

This latest agreement builds on earlier progress and commitments to support technical post-secondary education across Peru. ACCC is also implementing the EFE program in Colombia and Bolivia with the support of DFATD.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges and institutes. We work 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 in Canada. ACCC operates in 29 countries and has13 offices around the world.


For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
Twitter: @ACCC_Comms