22,550 disadvantaged youth in Dar, Mtwara and Dodoma to benefit from vocational training
Last Update on:2016-11-02 00:00:00


A total of 22,550 youth in difficult situation in the regions of Dodoma, Mtwara and Dar es Salaam will benefit from vocational, life skills, and entrepreneurship training to allow them secure improved work opportunities through wage or self-employment under the, “Via: Pathways to Work”, programme.”

The Via, Pathways to Work is a five-year programme designed and implemented by the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and funded by MasterCard Foundation with the aim of sustaining and scaling the delivery of market-responsive training and support services that enable disadvantaged young Tanzanians of the ages 16 between 24 to contribute towards and benefit from economic growth.

Speaking during the launching of the project in Dar es Salaam on 28th October, 2016, the Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology Hon. Eng. Stella Manyanya said that the program an important in addressing unemployment challenges facing many Tanzanian youth as it will emphasize among others, life and entrepreneurial skills training.

She said the initiative supports the fifth government`s efforts in enabling the country realize its development vision 2025 of becoming a middle income and semi-industrialized country considering that VET graduates are highly demanded in the operation of industries.

VETA Ag. Director General Geoffrey Sabuni said that the initiative is in line with the five year VETA Corporate Plan IV (2012/13 -2016/17) which seeks to increase equitable access to vocational education and training and also increasing employability of VET graduates and therefore the best practices in the project will be rolled out to other centres in the country.

He said the programme will emphasize on ensuring that VET graduates enter the labour market with right attitudes as passing examinations alone was not a guarantee to employment.

On his side Assistant Director of Employment, Prime Minister's Office, Labour, Youth Employment and Persons with Disability Mr. Ahmed Makbel said that youth unemployment was a challenge that needs collaborative efforts in addressing it and believed that the Via programme will change the negative attitudes among youth on some types of jobs while considering the white colour jobs as the best jobs.

He urged the programme partners to ensure they assist youth have access to relevant financial service to start and grow their businesses naming lack of skills, capital, working equipment and reliable markets as major challenges facing youth in enabling them establish enterprises.

IYF President and CEO William Reese said that his organization has been working in Tanzania and Africa to prepare young people for the jobs with demand driven approach considering life skills and technical/vocational and entrepreneurship training as critical components to successful youth empowerment.

IYF Regional Director, Africa, Mr. Matthew Breman said the programme will be implemented at three VETA centres of Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Mtwara Regional Vocational Training and Services centres where direct vocational training will be delivered while Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College will participate in Passport To Success (PTS) training as part of the efforts to incorporate PTS into their teacher training curriculum.

Chairperson of Tanzania Entrepreneurship Competitive Centre Board, Mrs. Beng’i Mazana Issa said in the programme, a total of 3,000 youth will be equipped with entrepreneurship skills in Mtwara, Dar es Salaam, Pwani and Dodoma to increase the number and economic performance of youth-owned enterprises.

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