Lasting impact where it counts: Learning for Life

Case study

Learning for Life in the Dominican Republic

Unemployment rates for young people in the Dominican Republic are high - so our Learning for Life programme, which enables entrepreneurship, employability and skills, is addressing one of the country's key issues.

Since we launched Learning for Life in the Dominican Republic in 2010, it has grown into our largest programme of its kind in the Caribbean and Central America, reaching around 6,000 young adults - 72% of whom have gone on to gain meaningful employment within three months of graduation, with 85% finding work in the longer term.

Working with our partner, A & B Masters, Escuela Dominicana de Alimentos y Bebidas, we've supported these graduates through a range of vocational and life-skills training. Our students see the benefit - retention levels for the course are between 90% and 95% - while communities also gain through both the economic contribution graduates make through employment, and through initiatives such as school refurbishments, beach cleaning projects, and the 5,000 trees planted by students at the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales.

We've designed the programme to support UN Global Goal 4: ‘Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning’ - and we believe it strengthens our value chain through its emphasis on hospitality, retail, and entrepreneurship. Learning for Life has operated over 90 initiatives in more than 40 countries, and more than 123,000 young people have taken part since we launched the programme in 2008.