A free training and placement programme that complements young people’s formal education encouraging high school completion. It strives to nurture individual strengths and technical aptitudes to improve students’ employability, and once the training period is complete, it guides them into the workforce through job placement in quality companies.
Latin American Award for NGO Responsibility (2013).
- In 2018 the organisation had worked with 8,500 students in Latin America.
- 80% of those who completed the programme were able to obtain and maintain a quality job.
- 90% of those who gained employment expressed a high satisfaction with their jobs and employers.
Forge is aimed at 16-to-22-year olds in the last year of public high school. After actively recruiting them from public schools located in the vicinity of its training centres, this two-year intervention starts with a four-day course that works as an admission process. During this initial screening phase, trainers explain how the programme works and assess the motivation, commitment and potential of each participant to succeed in the labour market with the adequate support from Forge.
The training stage (1st year) is carried out over the course of a school year and complements young people’s formal education by nurturing their individual strengths and technical aptitudes, enhancing their cultural and social capital. Participants attend the training centre twice a week, and they can choose among several career orientations, such as customer service and sales, logistics and production, food service and hospitality, business administration and computer science.
In the job placement phase (2nd year), Forge’s coaches accompany and provide personal assistance to participants during their first working year. Several management and communication tools have been developed by the organisation with this purpose. Simultaneously, students take part in monthly workshops and meetings. Through its Alumni Network, Forge offers college scholarships, entrepreneurship workshops and courses for graduates who want to become instructors for the programme.