Chile Joven started in 1991, while Proyecto Joven started in 1994. In each case, the target was to train approximately 100,000 youths (ages 15–24) in a four-year period. Each provided courses of approximately 6 months length, including training classes and a business placement. Courses were completely cost free for the youths taking part, with scholarships provided for transportation and other minor expenses. Eligibility was based on the principle of self-targeting, with training being offered mainly at the semi-skilled level, and the scholarship grant covering only a bit more than travelling expenses. In both countries, the costs of the programmes were met by a combination of domestic fiscal resources and support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Osvaldo Giordano, Alejandra Torres and Jorge Colina