Utrecht, November 5, 2019 - In the interview, Ms. Velasquez compares the Colombian Public Employment landscape with that of other countries. Unlike most Public Employment Services (PES), the Colombian PES comprises both private and public organizations. In total, the network comprises 250 service providers with more than 700 points of contact.
Given this diversity, it is not surprising that establishing a common strategy within the network has proven difficult.
Because the Colombian labor market consists mainly of small and medium-sized enterprises, one of the many challenges Ms. Velasquez and her colleagues face is effective collaboration with employers.
Another challenge, one which Colombia does share with the rest of the world, is digitalization. In this context, Ms. Velasquez and Mr. Peromingo also discuss the functionality of Colombia’s current PES digital labor market platform, leading to the 2020 goal of becoming the country’s main source of information on employability through a new, to be developed, labor market platform.
To watch the full interview, visit the PES Exchange Platform YouTube channel. PESEP is a WCC initiative to facilitate and encourage the global exchange of knowledge among organizations in public employment and workforce development.
The 2019 International Workforce Development Week was organized by the National Associaton of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).