Retooling a Workforce to Match Industry Needs: Mexico Revamps Skills-Based Vocational Training, 2008-2012

Gabriel Kuris

In 1995, the Mexican government instituted a skills-based vocational education and training system to gain a competitive edge in global markets by making it easier for job seekers to signal their qualifications to employers and by modernizing job training nationwide. However, initial efforts to implement the system failed to gain traction among businesses, unions, and educational institutions. In 2007, a new leadership team took over the public trust that was managing the system and reformed its model to better fit the needs of workers and employers. The new model differed from international recommendations in several key ways but attracted a broad base of users from more than a hundred different industries. By 2013, Mexico’s unique approach to skill standardization had begun to generate results and attract interest from other emerging economies.

Year of publication: 
Princeton Innovations for Successful Societies
Themes and sectors: 
Education and training
Case story length: 
17 pages

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