Designated as the government’s official training institution, SENA was established in 1957 as a joint initiative of workers, industry owners and the Catholic Church, with support from the Organización Internacional del Trabajo
(OIT) – the International Workers Organization. Since its inception, SENA has served the Colombian nation well
as an independent national public institution with financial autonomy and as a division of the Ministry of Social
Protection. Financed by a 2% payroll tax to which all corporations contribute, SENA is an organization tasked with
achieving major social and economic goals for the Colombian nation.