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New partnership with Canada will improve training and employability for young people in the extractive sector of Arequipa, Peru

Arequipa, May 30, 2018 – A press conference organized by the Regional Ministry of Education in Arequipa, in collaboration with the Canadian Cooperation, marked the local launch of the institutional alliances for the “Sustainable Development and Skills for Employment in the Extractive Sector of the Pacific Alliance” Program that will help improve the quality and diversity of training offered at Instituto Superior de Educación Pública Honorio Delgado Espinoza (ISEP-HDE), in Arequipa, Peru.

More specifically, the Maintenance of Heavy Machinery and Metallurgy training programs at ISEP-HDE will benefit from a 3-year institutional alliance with a consortium of Canadian colleges and institutes (College of New Caledonia, Nova Scotia Community College and British Columbia Institute of Technology). These Canadian partners will provide technical assistance and training to directors, instructors and administrative staff, based on a competency-based education and training model. The program will also promote gender equality and environmental sustainability approaches, and provide technical assistance for the acquirement of equipment and the development of services to businesses.

This initiative is part of a 5-year (2016-2021) regional program with the four-member countries of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) that is financed by the Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada) through a contribution of $16 million CAD and is executed by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).

The overall aim of the Pacific Alliance (PA) Education for Employment (EFE) Program is to increase socio-economic opportunities for women and men in a sustainable and inclusive extractive sector in the PA countries. The program has two main components. The first concerns the establishment of institutional partnerships between CICan member colleges and technical institutions in the four PA countries.

The second pillar is aimed at supporting the governance of the extractive sector by strengthening the dialogue between private and public sector, and civil society stakeholders in the countries of the PA and Canada around sustainable and inclusive policies and best practices related to the extractive sector.

“We are thrilled to continue our engagement in Peru through the launch of the first wave of institutional partnerships for the Pacific Alliance EFE Program in Arequipa. We are very happy to see this new program take shape and cannot wait to begin working in close collaboration with our partners in Peru to help improve the employability of young people in the region.”
Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada

“Adequate technical training in the mining sector that responds to the labour market demands needs to include the importance of environmental sustainability and gender equality. Both are key to having a strong and competitive labour market for the future that can create multiplying effects for society as a whole.”
Gail Cockburn, Director and Development Counselor, Canadian Embassy in Peru

“This program presents a great opportunity as its objectives support and align with the Ministry of Education’s regional strategic goals to guarantee quality education in our superior education artistic, technological and pedagogical schools and institutes, responding to local, regional and national development challenges.”
Guido Rospigliosi, Gerente Regional de Educación de Arequipa

About Colleges and Institutes Canada:

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the voice of Canada’s publicly-supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for employment with ongoing programs in over 25 countries. CICan’s members add over $190B to Canada’s economy each year and contribute to inclusive economic growth by working with industry and community partners to offer more than 10,000 programs to learners in urban, rural, remote, and northern communities.


For more information:

Julien Abord-Babin
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
Tel.: 613-746-2222 ext. 3131
Twitter: @CollegeCan