Dar es Salaam. The E4D (Employment and Skills for Development in Africa) program of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in collaboration with the Forum for International Cooperation (FIC) today presented the project “Ajira kwa Vijana” to partners in the public and private sectors. .
The project aims to support the improvement of vocational training centres, the transition from education and training to employment.
In addition, E4D aims to support government work at national and local levels to operationalize Tanzania’s National Skills Development Strategy which will contribute to the reduction of the high unemployment rate in line with the government’s third fiscal year development plan.
Speaking today in Dar es Salaam while presenting the ‘Ajira kwa Vijana’ project to partners, GIZ Project Manager Awadh Milasi said that the E4D project is helping to revitalize the vocational training sector and technology, thereby providing more opportunities for poor and vulnerable youth. to acquire skills adapted to the market.
“The project implements two complementary components to increase youth employment. We are strengthening the institutional and technical capacities of Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) institutions in Dar es Salaam, Tanga and Dodoma by training instructors, developing and revising curricula, creating job and job matching platforms links with the private sector, mobilizing resources, institutional branding and marketing in order to attract more students”.
Milasi added that the second component is to provide training courses, employment services and business development support to 790 young people who are socially and economically disadvantaged or have dropped out of formal education. The training courses focus on skills relevant to the hospitality and tourism sectors, communication, the technology sector (ICT), which, following the transition to the digital economy, offers young people many opportunities to find a job or start businesses and get a job. source of their livelihood.
“Business development support covers topics such as the development of a business idea, product development, access to finance and marketing, which includes forming business networks to link entrepreneurs to financing and other business resources,” Milasi added.
Partners of the Ajira Kwa Vijana project are Prime Minister’s Office – Labour, Youth, Education and Persons with Disabilities (PMO-LYED), Forum for International Corporation (FIC), National College of Tourism (NCT), SIDO, Vocational Educational Training ( VETA), RVTC, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), under the GIZ-E4D program commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-funded by the European Union (EU), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
E4D plans to equip the skills demanded by the private sector and place young people in employment opportunities; 250 others with soft skills relevant to the target industry and also assist at least 250 youths to build sustainable businesses in Dar-es-salaam, Dodoma and Tanga, while another 290 youths will benefit from full sponsorship from the education.