Project A07.1

Addressing employment challenges through a regional/sectoral approach

Pacific AllianceCollège BoréalCollège Communautaire du Nouveau-BrunswickCégep Saint-Jean-sur-RichelieuMining Industry Human Resources Council, MIHR

Addressing employment challenges through a regional/sectoral approach

The objective of the project was to support the four Pacific Alliance member countries (Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Mexico) to enrich or develop a sectoral approach to improve the alignment between supply and demand for training in the extractive sector.
The sectoral approach is designed to help employers within a given sector to address labour market challenges, to better align workforce supply with demand. The first step in this process was to clearly understand the imbalance between labour supply and demand, and then to identify the underlying factors that caused this imbalance, with a view to creating tools and programs to better support an improved alignment.
The results achieved are linked to the good collaboration with the PA Technical Groups on Education (GTE) and Labour (GTL), with the Ministries of Education, Labor, Mining and Energy, and with the extractive sector.



A diagnosis was conducted to understand the needs and priorities of the PA partners and to plan the timeline of the work along with the stakeholders involved. In addition, Canada’s experience was shared with sector councils, at both the national and provincial levels (for some specific initiatives), to coordinate training with the extractive sector.
Stakeholder mapping was carried out with each country (independently) to identify the relationships between them and see where these should be strengthened or forged, with a view to creating an equivalent to Canada’s sector councils. In addition, two regional workshops were organized. The first was held in Chile in 2022 to identify the main labour market challenges in each country and which ones overlapped. During the event, a work plan was developed to strengthen multi-sector participation in technical education. The second regional workshop was held in Colombia in 2023 to develop the framework for a gender equality certification for mining companies in the Pacific Alliance, working with representatives of the NGO Women in Mining from the four countries.

It's something to be proud of!

131 people and 96 organizations

participated in the stakeholder mapping of the four PA countries

Development of 1 best practices guide on pilot projects for the PA

The only partnership led by

a Canadian consortium that includes a civil society organization (MiHR Canada).


What is the aim of project A07.1?

“We are working on this project [A07.1] with the four countries of the Pacific Alliance: Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Colombia. And what we are trying to do is explore with them how to better implement or integrate a sector-wide approach into their extractive-sector skills development initiatives in their countries.”

Dana Imbeault

Senior Director of Operations, Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR), Canada



Hear what they say about it
Alexandra Alarcon
Director promotion and development of productive sectors, CONOCER, Mexico

Employability, educational success, access and recognition of TVET