Goal 3: Improve the quality of the education system in order to create a more highly qualified and technologically skilled labor force. The Governments of El Salvador and the United States will join forces to help ensure that education of the labor supply matches labor market demand. On Track T he GOES, through the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (MTPS), provided job placement services resulting in new employment offers to more than 6,000 job seekers. The Employment Mediation System” (SIE) database was modernized to facilitate access to employment opportunities, and the GOES implemented an automated system for labor market data collection. The US. Department of Labor provided technical assistance to the MTPS to assist the GOES on labor data collection and reporting. The Professional Training Institute (INSAFORP), in collaboration with the USG, trained 770 young people, 453 of whom successfully obtained employment. The Ministry of Education (MINED) designed and updated the curriculum for the Vocational Technical Baccalaureate program to better respond to labor market demands. In addition, the MINED trained 40 professionals in the field of aquafarming, and provided scholarships to 5,583 students in technical fields. The USG provided training to 700 English teachers, and sent 14 English language professionals to Costa Rica for training. Additionally, 190 of the 400 students enrolled in the English Access Micro-Scholarship Program will graduate in December 2012. The USG and GOES created 13 alliances with associations and private companies to expand labor opportunities one such alliance trained 200 youth in English language and Computer Science. Also during the last period, 49 students received scholarships to study in the United States. With respect to the two indicators for this goal, the 2012‐13 Global Competitiveness Index ranks El Salvador 105 out of 144 in the Higher Education and Training pillar, essentially no change from the prior period (105 out of 142), and 121 out of 144 in the Labor Market Efficiency pillar, a decline from the prior period (108 out of 142).