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Training and Education

The OTIC-SOFOFA Intermediate Technical Training Center is a training industry leader with nearly 4,000 associate firms. It offers comprehensive training services to all leading sectors of the Chilean economy, including banking and financial, health insurance, pension fund managers, manufacturers, food producers, air and overland transport, communications, forestry, mining, fisheries, and commerce.

OTIC-SOFOFA has a modern, comprehensive service network based in Santiago with branch offices in Antofagasta, Viña del Mar, Curicó, Concepción, Temuco, Puerto Montt, and Punta Arenas. Branch offices are free-standing business units capable of providing direct, customized services to industry.

Assists members in applying to the National Training and Employment Service (SENCE) for the 1% training tax deduction incentive available for businesses.

Offers comprehensive support, personalized service and advanced technology through SOFTLINK software, an on-line training needs management tool helping members implement and monitor employee training plans and programs, thus effectively outsourcing human resource tasks.

Provides supplier mediation, course contracting, discounts, information update, supplier payment and other services.

Operates an Annual Scholarship Program for eligible unskilled workers.

In the field of education, SOFOFA and its six affiliated business and sectoral organizations operate 18 secondary vocational schools with an enrollment of 15,755. These schools train new technicians with a view to meeting demand for skilled labor in industry today.