Dual vocational education in Mexico

Program for practice oriented vocational education in Monterrey on behalf of Mondi successfully implemented

Win-win through multi-stakeholder access

The program creates a win-win situation for both industry and society: young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18 are learning the sought-after skills of industrial electrician or industrial mechanic, thereby greatly improving their chances of finding a well-paid job. At the same time, the program helps to better meet the industry’s growing need for skilled workers. Thanks to the strong involvement of local institutions, the program is very well received in the region. In this way, the essential pillars of a dual vocational training program have been sustainably established.

Systemic transformation

On 8 June 2017, the local industrial associations Coparmex and Caintra made a small celebration to assume the management of the dual vocational training program. This marked the successful completion of the three-year project that ICEP managed on behalf of the packaging group Mondi in Mexico. Coparmex and Caintra will now independently continue and expand dual education. Apart from Mondi, 36 companies in the region are already training apprentices – 115 training places have been created and 239 apprentices have been trained so far. Win-win through multi-stakeholder access.

This program is a great success for Mondi. We are assessing how to bring the program to our two other plants in Mexiko and even transfer the ideas to Africa.

Cornelia Hulla

HR Director Mondi

We are delighted that Mondi is working with us to realize a project that has such a broad social impact, creating added value that goes far beyond their business interest.

Martin Ledolter

Managing director ADA

This training at Mondi was an incredible opportunity for me. Today, I am a toolmaker and I have a fixed job that is well paid and in which I see a future. My parents are very proud of me.

Edgar Uriel Sanchez Trujillor


Pillars of dual education

The success of setting up a dual education program depends on four pillars of activities, which need to be implemented:
1. Training of teachers: To prepare teachers from local vocational schools for dual vocational training.
2. Instructor training for master craftsmen: All participating companies need trained and certified master craftsmen.
3. Communication and PR: To guarantee the structural anchoring of dual education and convince companies to take apprentices.
4. Recruiting of apprentices: The local partners have to set up an assessment centre that pre-selects potential apprentices.

Gallery: Final event in Monterrey

Striving after social impact

apprentices trained by now

posts for apprentices created in companies by now

Companies that train apprentices

Master that have been certified

Partners for impact

Paper and packaging manufacturer Mondi employs more than 25,000 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in 30 countries. With its global CSR commitment, Mondi addresses social issues with in their business environment. In view of the positive results of the dual training program of the Austrian RHI AG in the Mexican neighbouring state of Coahuila, CEO Peter Oswald decided to also implement such a program in Monterrey. ICEP has contributed its expertise and network of the project implementation with RHI for this cooperation and is responsible for project structuring, fund management and project management.


ICEP supports companies in implementing their social responsibility through CSR projects. For the benefit of the people in emerging and developing countries and for the benefit of the company.

Our collaboration with Mondi shows that dual education is now an integral part of the provision of vocational training in Monterrey. This will benefit Mondi and other industrial companies through new employees that are significantly better qualified. And completely new income perspectives have opened up for the apprentices and their families.

Astrid Taus

ICEP Business cooperations

ICEP and Social Impact Consulting

ICEP supports companies to identify challenges and opportunities at the interface with civil society in emerging markets and to implement targeted social impact programs.

From idea to realization

ICEP supports companies with its know-how from the determination of an idea to the development and conceptualization of a strategy to its implementation and evaluation. ICEP can rely on yearlong experience in project management in developing countries and can fall back on expertise in specific fields such as community development or vocational training.

For the benefit of the company and of society

Together with companies, ICEP generates tailored solutions for concrete social challenges. ICEP connects corporate goals with existing resources and know-how with innovative approaches, so that both the company as well as society can benefit.


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Multi-stakeholder approach

The involvement of local institutions is decisive
for the quality and the sustainability of such a program!

The ADA business partnership

Die Austrian Development Agency (ADA) offers funding facilities for projects by enterprises that are engaged in a development country or emerging nation over the long term and contribute to sustainable development in the process. The project must add value that would not be generated without assistance. One basic requirement is that the company makes a contribution itself, be it in terms of cash and non-cash benefits, services, technical or business expertise or technologies.

ICEP provides support for companies that are seeking an ADA-funded business partnership – from conceptualization to grant application, bi-annual reporting and preparing external audits. ICEP offers also workshops to identify the strategic outline and the deleopmental relevance of a project. In addition ICEP carryies out a feasability study, which normally includes a field trip. Feasbility Studies can be funded by the ADA, the grant being up to 50% of its costs or no more than 20.000 Euro.


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