Describe the program's most important achievements and lessons learned:
The lines of action have extended from the four initial activity sectors to a total of 25 committed sectors. In this task, the most important achievement has been to count with the participation of business and worker entities who through social dialogue and compromise have defined the critical occupations to be normalized, have validated the norms, have committed to the selection of evaluators and in being certified, have promoted certification processes for workers and registered their products in the REGICE (Training and Employment Institution Registry Office of the Ministry of Labor). Articulation with other instances at the National and Sub-national levels linked with activity actors has been established.
Even if these actions were promoted from the Employment Secretariat, nowadays activity sectors are the ones asking to initiate actions linked to the normalization and entailed not only to evaluation and certification processes but to training based in norms.
Actually, there are more than 150 roles described in terms of labor competencies, which allows us to reach the figure of more than 500 competency units.
The development of this line of action and being able to reach activity sectors was based on the advantage of counting with methodologies, procedures, and trained experts (derived from the IDB-FOMIN experience) which favored a quick response capacity in the Unit in the assistance to reach the results we proposed.
Furthermore, the degree of advancement in the implementation of the evaluation of workers based on norms, has allowed us to access much more precise information on the diagnosis of the human resources of the sectors and based on this information to design efficient and effective actions for cases where certification is still not accessible and to count with training devices that allow the steadfast compensation of the found deficits.
The requirements for evaluation portray not only the competencies of the workers but also the quality of the work organization of the enterprises and the conditions that allow the generation, development and recognition of the workers’ knowledge.
Describe the challenges of the program:
It is important to link these results, in particular norm development and evaluation processes, to subjects related to labor relations and in particular the conditions that should be generated by enterprises in order for them to become a factor guaranteeing the development of knowledge of their workers. This involves the broadening of the normalization processes considering their capacity of defining new methodologies for the revision of convened categories and models to analyze work conditions.
It is necessary to improve diffusion devices and to increase incentive devises for the implementation of competency certification actions. It is necessary therefore to broaden the evaluation of the impact of the achieved results.
Specify if the program has any internal and external evaluations, if applicable, include key findings:
Impact and result evaluation mechanisms have been established through the implementation of the budget line related to the World Bank’s financing. Up to this moment, there is an evaluation of the advancements and results in competency norms, certified evaluators, certified workers and developed sectorial certification organisms obtained from REGICE. This information is available to the public in the Ministry’s webpage.