Education for Employment (EFE) is CICan’s flagship international program, supporting the development of employment-focused technical and professional training around the world by facilitating partnerships between our members and their international counterparts.
This year, we were proud to support three new programs that are currently at different stages of implementation. This includes the Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP), through which 17 Canadian colleges and institutes have begun working with national polytechnics across Kenya in order to increase employment and economic development opportunities for Kenyan youth in the agriculture and energy sectors. Throughout the year we also worked on the implementation of the new Pacific Alliance Program, and began recruiting members to work with counterparts in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. This comes at the same time as the very successful EFE-Andes program was wrapping up after five years. Finally, CICan also secured funding from Global Affairs Canada for the Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE) Program, which will see us building on the strong partnerships created through our past EFE program in the Caribbean region.