Young mothers and unemployed people have obtained a job opportunity

September. Alajuela residents, unemployed people and socially vulnerable women, are some of the beneficiaries of the educational programs promoted by Coyol Free Zone.

These initiatives are developed by the Free Trade Zone and are carried out jointly with leading institutions in the educational field, such as the National Learning Institute.

One of them is the course on Good Practices in the Manufacture of Medical Devices, which for 4 months trained young mothers from vulnerable backgrounds who currently live in the Posada de Belén Home, as well as unemployed people from communities near the Free Trade Zone.

“Solidarity is a fundamental part of our training initiatives, opportunities open to the community and very diversified, to promote employability in the region and attract skilled talent to the companies located in the park,” said Carlos Wong, Managing Director of Coyol Free Zone.

The course provides an opportunity for young women who are close to reaching the age of majority and leaving the shelter to apply for a job opportunity that will allow them to support themselves and their children.

Thanks to this course given by INA, 20 people secured an educational certification and a job opportunity with the multinational, who will open the doors for them to initially join its current operation in Bayer Heredia, and then move to the new building that the company is constructing in Coyol Free Zone.

“At Bayer, we are committed to sustainability in all our actions. When a global organization such as ours selects Costa Rica to locate its second production plant in the Life Sciences sector, it bases its decision on many variables, among them the potential of Costa Rican talent. We have in our country that knowledge that we want to continue expanding hand in hand with our operations, undoubtedly a source of opportunities for our people, particularly for those who require support to develop their professional future,” added Jimmy Suazo, General Manager of the plant under construction Bayer Medical Alajuela.

Also together with INA, Coyol Free Zone offered other educational opportunities in courses such as Production Supervisor, Information Technology Operator, 5S Program, Good Manufacturing Practices for Medical Devices, Basic English, and Conversational English for the Business Sector, which resulted in 237 people obtaining their certificates.

English and Manufacture

In the first 8 months of the year, 2,750 people completed the Manufacturing Operator course, a training option offered by Coyol Free Zone through its Job Bank platform, free of charge and asynchronously, so that people can be trained prior to having a job option and enhance their skills at the time of linking with medical device companies.

On the other hand, in an alliance with the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center, the park provided scholarships to 56 students from the Professional Technical Schools (CTP) of San Rafael de Poás and San Rafael de Alajuela, through virtual classes, to improve their level of English. These young people are studying technical specialties in Administration, Logistics and Distribution, Accounting, Industrial Electronics, Service Center Executive, Productivity and Quality, so the impact on improving their English will be significant in the future.

In this way, in addition to obtaining the degree that certifies their learning and reinforces their educational profile, they will have better English language skills that will strengthen their potential and will allow them to have greater opportunities to join companies in sectors such as Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing.

The 31 world-class companies located in Coyol Free Zone provide 22,000 direct and indirect jobs, which contribute to the fact that the Free Zone exports 52% of the country’s medical devices and precision equipment to the world.

About Coyol Free Zone

 Coyol Free Zone is the leading medical device export park in Costa Rica, exporting more than $2 billion per year, which is equivalent to 30% of the exports of the manufacturing segment of the country’s Free Zone Regime.
For the past two years, it has been part of the Top 10 Free Trade Zones in the World and was named Best Free Trade Zone in the Americas, Best Free Trade Zone for SMEs and Free Trade Zone of Excellence for Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Practices by the international magazine fDi Intelligence.
It is also the Best Free Trade Zone in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Most Innovative Free Trade Zone of the Year and the Best Business Center for Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing, according to The European magazine, as well as the Most Resilient Free Trade Zone in the World by Covid-19, according to Investment Monitor.