Jorge Quispe / La Paz
Abel Rodrigo Huarachi Mamani, Marcos Roque, Jenio Bautista and Irma Huanca Quispe, four young Aymara students from the Technological Institute Jach’a Omasuyos (ITJO) of Achacachi, got a high grade in the productive internships they carried out in companies of the Agricultural Chamber of the East (CAO), in Santa Cruz, to the point that they already wanted to hire them to build their profession in that region.
“We definitely found bright young people who already had job offers at the end of their internships, but first they have to finish their studies and then they will come back. We think that the greatest capital is human, that is why we have to train them in specific skills”, Óscar Mario Justiniano, president of the CAO, sums up for Page Seven.
On June 28 of last year, the Chamber and the ITJO signed an inter-institutional agreement so that their students, most of them from Achacachi, in La Paz, can do internships in productive companies in Santa Cruz.
At the end of 2021, Huarachi and Roque left for the capital of Santa Cruz to develop their internships in automotive mechanics at the Toyosato company. While Bautista and Huanca carried out their internships in a food company.
“The four of them have done their internships, they have been congratulated and they have been asked to stay in Santa Cruz, but they must first finish their studies at our institute. The young people are now eager to finish their studies and return to Santa Cruz”, confirmed Guillermo Villavicencio, rector of the ITJO.
According to the authority, who also traveled to that region of Santa Cruz, the managers of the companies highlighted their commitment, discipline and “the fact that they are strong, they are not weak,” said the academic referring to the four Aymaras.
Javier Callisaya, professor of automotive mechanics at the ITJO, reported that Abel Rodrigo Huarachi Mamani and Marcos Roque stood out in the internships they carried out at the Toyosato company in Santa Cruz.
There, the young Aymaras carried out maintenance and assembly of machinery. “The practices were from December to March. Abel stood out a lot and even had a job offer, and although Marcos had to return earlier, he also made a good impression because they both worked hard,” added Callisaya.
Abel will finish his studies at the institute this year and will have to return to Santa Cruz. “We are now seeing the profiles of other boys so that they can leave at the end of the year for Santa Cruz lands,” confirmed Callisaya.
in food production
Jenio Bautista, born in the community of Warisata, and Irma Huanca Quispe, a native of the Ajaría Grande town, both in the municipality of Achacachi, did their internships at a food company, where at the end of that experience they also received job offers to stay , but as happened with Abel and Marcos, they had to return to La Paz to finish their studies at the institute.
“Both of them did very well, the manager of the food company already suggested that they stay, but they had to return to finish their studies. Jenio and Irma did internships in a food processing unit, specifically in cheese making. Something that they already knew a little about this area and now they learned more in Santa Cruz”, said teacher Iván Poma.
The two young people were surprised by the infrastructure of the company where they did their internships and although they knew something about cheese, because Achacachi is characterized by that production, having shared experiences in a large company was something unforgettable for them, said teacher Poma.
The ITJO intends to send another four boys at the end of the year to learn more about this productive specialty. “There is a thirst for knowledge, that is why at the end of the year we will define the names of another four”, the academic specified.
Villavicencio confirmed that in this first part of the inter-institutional agreement with the CAO, it is planned to send 12 students with four objectives: internships, job placement, virtual training and visits to companies in Santa Cruz.
Justiniano, president of the CAO, confirmed that together with Profin, a non-profit company, training in financial education was organized at the Agricultural Training Center of said Chamber. While, with the advice of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), productive training courses are organized not only in Santa Cruz, but also in other regions through virtual platforms in the production of quinoa, bananas and even in the raising of camelid cattle in the plateau.
“We have no ideological or social limitations, because what we have to understand is that we are all producers and that’s how we have to help each other,” summarizes Justiniano, who last year put on a red poncho in Achacachi when signing the agreement. inter-institutional agreement with the ITJO, while Villavicencio wore a saó hat, a sign of integration in search of better days for agricultural activity throughout the country.
We found bright young people who already had job offers at the end of their internships, but they must first finish their studies
Oscar Justiniano, CAO
they will go in this first stage
to practice in
Santa Cruz companies.