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Pacific Alliance EFE Program

The Pacific Alliance Education for Employment Program for sustainable development and skills for employment in the extractive sector of the Pacific Alliance (AP), is a regional program implemented in four Latin American countries (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru).

Its intervention is based on two main principles.

  1. The first concerns the establishment of institutional partnerships to provide technical assistance and support for the skills development of a local labour force that is marginalized due to insufficient qualifications for jobs offered by industry, or to generate employment that would provide them with sufficient income to escape poverty.
  2. The second component of the intervention is aimed at supporting extractive sector governance through technical assistance and the establishment of a program to share experiences and best practices (legal, environmental, socio-economic, community, etc.) between representatives of the Canadian private and public Extractive Sector, and PA technical group stakeholders, representatives of the extractive and environmental sectors, and Indigenous communities of the four member countries.


In Chile, CICan has partnered with the Centro de Formación Técnica de la Universidad Católica del Norte (CFT-CEDUC UCN), as the lead institution in the implementation of the PA Program in 2 regions of the country. In the region of Antofagasta, CICan is working with CFT-CEDUC UCN, along with Colegio Técnico Industrial Don Bosco and the Nuevo Centro de formación técnica (CFT) publico de Calama, in the following sectors: Electricity and energy efficiency, Electricity, and Entrepreneurship for women and indigenous populations. In the region of Coquimbo, CICan has joined forces with the CFT-CEDUC UCN and the Organismo Técnico de Capacitación del CFT-CEDUC et le Nuevo CFT publico de Ovalle to improve outcomes in the Operation of mining plants and the Basic operation of mining plants.


In Colombia, CICan has partnered with the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) to enhance Supervision in the Mining Work programs in the Boyacá region. In the region of Santander, CICan is working with the Unidades Technologicas de Santander, in the Technology in Renewable Resources sector.


CICan is working in two regions in Mexico. In Campeche, CICan work with the Universidad Tecnologica de Campeche and the Conalep Plantel 021 in the Mechanics and the Industrial Electrical-mechanics sectors. In Durango, CICan has partnered with the Universidad Tecnologica de la Laguna Durango and the Conalep Centro Mexicano Frances 146 to focus on the Renewal energies and Alternative sources of energy sectors.


In Peru, CICan will be working in the region of Arequipa with the Instituto Superior de Educacion Publica Honorio delgado Espinoza, to focus on Metallurgy and Heavy Equipment Maintenance.

Fast Facts

  • At least 750 officers from the associated ministries will benefit from the dialogue on best practices.
  • 131 directors and managers from institutes and Ministries of Education will have their capacity in leadership and institutional management strengthened.
  • More than 105 trainers will be trained in pedagogical strategies related to teaching and evaluating the programs according to the competence-based education and training approach.
  • A Minimum of 140 employers and 1,400 learners will directly benefit from the Program.

Funded By

EFE-PA is a five-year (2016-2021) program1 funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.