By law the Costa Rican government sets aside at least 8% of its GDP to invest in education. This represents approximately 30% of Costa Rica’s annual budget.
High quality education and a stable business environment have attracted FDI over the past 10 years leading to the creation of 52,411 jobs. As a result investors in-country are demanding an higher skilled labour force (technically qualified individuals and bi-lingual professionals).
Education & Training Sector in Costa Rica
Education is a pillar of Costa Rican culture. A recent surge of Foreign Direct Investment has led to an
increased demand for bilingual workers and thus created a number of educational opportunities.
Costa Rica ranks 23rd in the World Economic Forum?s 2011-2012 Global Competiveness Report
for the quality of educational system provided.
By law the Costa Rican government sets aside at least 8% of its GDP to invest in education. This
represents approximately 30% of Costa Rica?s annual budget.
High quality education and a stable business environment have attracted FDI over the past 10
years leading to the creation of 52,411 jobs. As a result investors in-country are demanding an
higher skilled labour force (technically qualified individuals and bi-lingual professionals).
Despite graduate numbers increasing ten-fold (37,191 students graduated in technical training in
2010 as compared to 3,655 in 2007), the market demand has not been satisfied.
Opportunities for British companies to offer training courses in this sector, whether directly, via
distance learning or through teaching the teacher, are:
? Accountancy and Finance
? Advertising, Design and Digital Animation
? Bilingual or Trilingual Customer Centre Operators
? Electromechanical and Industrial Electronics
? Networking and Telemetrics
? Plastic Injection Molding
? Precision Engineering and Industrial Maintenance
? Quality Control
? Software Development
? Technical Support and Electronics
Currently there are massive shortfalls in the labour market of qualified Engineers and the
Creative Industries at degree level, and in Engineering and Business Administration at
In particular the labour market is demanding graduates in the following subjects thus creating
opportunities for British companies to offer training courses, whether directly, in cooperation
with universities, via distance learning or through teaching the teacher:
? Audio-visual Production and Digital Animation
? Business Administration
? Engineering: Industrial, Electronic, Materials, Mechanical, Systems, Electromechanical
? Veterinary Science
As a result of the need to diversify of degree courses, private universities in particular are
looking to expand their campuses, creating opportunities for, amongst others, British companies
in the construction sectors.
Soft Skills Training and Professional Qualifications
A massive surge in FDI in Costa Rica has created a demand for the provision of courses in these
areas. In particular, investors have stated to the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency
(CINDE) the need of training in the following areas:
Soft Skills Training:
? Customer Services
? Problem Solving
? Lean Management
? Six Sigma
English as a Foreign Language
Since English is used more and more in business, both the private and public sector require more
employees with a greater command of the language. There is an ever-increasing market for
higher-level English teaching.
Opportunities here abound: in particular teach the teacher courses; provision of / cooperation
with the setting up of language lessons/certifications through local universities; language schools
or colleges and distance learning.
Latest export opportunities ? Education & Training
Latest export opportunities ? Costa Rica
Getting into the market
Costa Rica boasts more than 100 years of democracy and has an excellent business climate.
Bureaucracy is still one of Costa Rica?s major challenges. However, Costa Rican laws guarantee
equal rights to foreign companies.
Business people will generally speak reasonable English, but if not they will let you know. They
tend to avoid precise commitments, although they may make them vocally to avoid hurting
More about doing business in Costa Rica
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
? Luisa Pastor, Trade & Investment Director, British Embassy San Jose. Tel: +506 2258
? Kate Cruse, Trade & Investment Officer, British Embassy San Jose. Tel: +506 2258 2025.
Contact your local international trade team
IV State of Education - Annual Report - April 2012 www.estadonacion.or.cr
Languages National Fair 2012 - May 2012 www.crmultilingue.org
UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to
overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows.
Latest events ? Education & Training
Latest events ? Costa Rica
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters