English for Work Scholarships at Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla, 2022

Written by Michael Nz. on May 2, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    English as a Second Language
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Vocational scholarships
  • Scholarship amount given

    $3000 - $5000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Mayor's Office Of Barranquilla https://www.barranquilla.gov.co/ Address: Calle 34 No. 43-31 – Barranquilla, Colombia Hours: Monday To Friday 8:00 Am To 4:00 Pm – Non -stop Telephone Hotline: 195 Or 605 4010205 Email: [email protected] Judicial Notifications: [email protected] DANE Code: 08001 – District NIT Of Barranquilla: 8901020181 If You Need More Information, You Can Write To Us At Email: Inglesparaeltrabajo@barranquilla. Gov.co

Study in Colombia

In the Republic of Colombia, education is defined as a process of permanent, personal, cultural, and social formation that is based on a comprehensive conception of the person, their dignity, rights, and duties. In the Constitution of 1991, the fundamental notes of the nature of the educational system are formulated. It is a right of the person, a public service that has a social function. 

It corresponds to the State regulating and exercising the supreme inspection and surveillance, in order to ensure its quality, the fulfillment of its purposes, and the best moral, intellectual and physical education of citizens. It also establishes that the adequate coverage of the service must be guaranteed and minors must be assured of the necessary conditions for their access and permanence in it.

The Colombian educational system is structured in the levels of basic and secondary education (compulsory between 5 and 15 years old) as follows:

  • Preschool, which includes at least one compulsory grade.
  • Basic education, with a duration of nine grades, takes place in two cycles: basic primary education, of five grades, and basic secondary education, of four grades. It is mandatory.
  • Secondary education, lasting two more grades, non-compulsory, tenth, and eleventh.

Higher Education is taught at two levels: undergraduate and postgraduate.

The undergraduate has three levels of training:

  • Professional Technical Level (Professional Technical programs).
  • Technological Level (technological programs).
  • Professional level (university programs).

Postgraduate education comprises:

  • Specializations (related to Professional Technical Specialization, Technological Specialization, and Professional Specialization programs).
  • Master’s degrees (University only).
  • Doctorates (university only).

To enter the undergraduate level of Colombian higher education, a bachelor’s degree is required, which certifies having completed secondary education (tenth and eleventh grades) and passing the State test carried out by the ICFES ( Colombian Institute for the promotion of higher education). ), or its equivalent in other countries, in addition to meeting the requirements indicated by each higher education institution.

In Colombia, the system allows access to the Professional Technical level when the ninth grade is completed in educational institutions that have an academic curriculum articulated with higher education.

To enter the postgraduate level (specialization, master’s, and doctorate) it is essential to have completed undergraduate studies and have obtained the corresponding degree. The institution that owns the program will determine the degree required for this purpose.

The English for Work – Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla scholarships is offered by the Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla, through the Secretary of Economic Development. People residing in the District of Barranquilla are invited to participate in the English for a Work call, which seeks to connect the population without employment with the job offer of the BPO Business Process Outsourcing companies installed in the city.

Learn English! and reach your dreams! Participate in this program to strengthen English as a skill so that you can work in the BPO sector in Barranquilla.
Apply for a scholarship to study English and strengthen your job skills to work in the BPO sector in Barranquilla.

Barranquilla is currently one of the Colombian cities with the greatest presence of companies in the BPO and KPO sectors in the country. It is the first capital of the Caribbean coast, a pioneer in the development of companies in the BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) sector, also known as Call Centers. There are currently more than 30 companies of this type operating in the territory.

These unionized companies report close to 18,000 bilingual vacancies per year, thus generating a deficiency of bilingual talent in the region at English levels B1 of 75% and B2 of 85%
The dynamics of this sector and its capacity to generate formal jobs lead to opportunities for the population of Barranquilla and translate into economic development for the city.
Aware of this, the Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla, through its Secretariat of Economic Development, seeks to strengthen its human capital and provide its citizens with capacity building to respond to the demands of the labor market.

In this context, through this grant, Training in English will be provided at intermediate levels according to the CEFR Common European Framework of Reference to people interested in working in the BPO sector: who, at the end of the process, will be presented to companies according to the required profiles, and so on seek their productive inclusion.


The first step to enter the program is to assess your level of English. Assess yourself at: https://www.classmarker.com/online-test/start/?quiz=cnb604be3ed625d6
We will contact you within 48 hours to give you the result!


You must fill in the personal data in each box.
Preferably use a computer to take the test, it must have sound to develop a part of the ‘listening’.

The maximum time to take this test is 50 minutes. Once this time is up, the test will end automatically.

They will contact you within 48 hours to give you the result of your English level.

What benefits do the English for Work Scholarships – Mayor’s Office of Barranquilla offer?

  • Program registration to study English
  • Improvement of the English language.
  • Workshops on issues related to customer service and after-sales service.
  • Submission of resumes to companies in the BPO sector of the city.

What are the key dates?

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2022 (The student grant will be open until the available quotas are completed)
The closing of the scholarship will be announced publicly through the media and social networks of the Municipality of Barranquilla.

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