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Brazil: Bridges to the Future

Plan International Brazil's Bridges to the Future programme is opening up opportunities for young employees and entrepreneurs.

The EU-funded Bridges to the Future project aims to ensure decent work for young people between the ages of 17 and 24 in the municipalities of Salvador and the Metropolitan Region in the formal employment sector, or through the creation of small businesses.

"This course opened up many opportunities for me, I learnt a new profession and discovered what I really enjoy doing." Luis

Project participants have access to market-oriented professional training, notions of entrepreneurship and life skills modules, as well as support for insertion in the job market. The project relies on an alliance of companies, private associations, training centers and civil society organisations committed to promoting the employability of young people within the municipalities.

It follows the Youth Employment Solutions model with six steps:

  1. Market scan: Analysis to identify the sectors with significant growth and labour demand, which then informs the courses offered.
  2. Corporate engagement: A Strategic Alliance for Youth Employment contributes with market analysis, formatting of curricula and insertion of young people into the labour market.
  3. Life skills training: Psychosocial skills for positive behavior that enable individuals to cope effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.
  4. Technical training: Professional training of young people: development of skills and technical skills specific to the professional area.
  5. Insertion in the labour market: Young people who meet the profile sought by the company are referred to the company's selection process.
  6. Mentoring: Graduates are mentored for 12 months to support and strenthen their skills and capacity to succeed in the workplace.

The process starts with an analysis of the local market with the purpose of developing training curricula in line with market demand. Plan International identifies with companies in which sectors the highest demand is, and in which they have the most difficulties recruiting qualified people.

The initial selection process is carried out by companies themselves, so that the young people selected meet the profile they look for. When youth enter the programme, they are guaranteed a permanent contract at the end.

In addition, Plan International uses its partnerships with local companies to push them to adopt good practices in favour of gender equality in the workplace.

In numbers

  • 1200 young people, from vulnerable communities in priority, and mostly young women (60%), will benefit from the project.
  • 75% of them will be absorbed by the labour market by the end of the project. 5% of those will become entrepreneurs.
  • 30 young people will be trained as mentors and will have leadership roles during the training process and within the alumni networks.
  • 40 skilled employees and business owners from local companies will directly participate in designing the training curricula for young people.
  • At least 100 companies will benefit from the project.