By providing market-driven skills training, CGEP can help people in developing communities improve their incomes and secure their livelihoods.
There is a shortage of quality labor to meet the growing demands of many industries within developing countries. Skill disparities often exist because there is usually a mismatch between the workforce requirements of local industry and the existing competencies held among the pool of available workers. These disparities frequently occur when economic development efforts introduce new industries that require skills that do not exist in the region or when training and education systems are insufficient in terms of scale, quality, or relevance. In 2013, CGEP launched the Acceso Training Center to prepare and place marginalized youth in quality jobs in Cartagena, Colombia by providing them with the specific competencies and skill sets needed for housekeeping, hotel guest services, and as kitchen aides, baristas, food and beverage servers. The Acceso Training Center grew from the initial focus in hospitality jobs and expanded into other local growing industries, such as accounting, ports, and logistics. The overall goal remains the same though, placing youth into more sustainable and quality jobs, significantly improving their annual incomes and quality of life, while empowering them to succeed with dignity.