International Support

International Support

The Vocational Education and  Training Authority operates in close cooperation with various stakeholders who are willing to support VET provision system in Tanzania.

For more than 30 years now the VET system has received support from various International development and collaborative partners which has been expressed in different forms.

1.   The United Nations     

 Support from development partners started in 1970 when the Ministry of Labour received assistance through UNDP/ILO on:

  • Conversion of the Chang’ombe trade testing centre into the first vocational training centre.

  • Instructor, trade testing and apprenticeship training development.

  • Preparation of the first Vocational Training Act which was passed by Parliament in 1974.

    Further support was between 1988 and 1992. The VET System received support from UNDP/ILO which addressed the following issues:

    • Strengthening the in-plant training unit at VETA HQ

    • Staff Development

    • Provision of office and transport facilities

    • Technical assistance

2.  The World Bank

Between 1974 and 1984 the VET system received support from the World Bank through IBRD to address the following issues:

  • Constructing and equipping of the Regional Vocational Training and Service Centres in Tanga and Mwanza.
  • Constructing and equipping the Morogoro Vocational Instructors College.

3. The Government of Canada

Support from the government of Canada through CIDA was for the establishment of an instructor training unit in Dar es Salaam. It covered the period from 1975 to 1978.

4. The Government of Sweden

The government of Sweden through SIDA strongly supported the VET system from 1977 to 1998 by:                                                                              

  • Constructing and equipping the Regional Vocational Training and Services Centre in Moshi and training of staff

  • Extension and refurbishing of Tanga, Mwanza, and Kihonda RVTSCs and Staff training.

  • Refurbishing and staff development of the MVITC.

  • VETA headquarters capacity building.

  • Development and implementation of first Strategic Action Plan (SAP I).

  • Providing Technical assistance.

  • Refurbishing the Motor Vehicle Mechanic workshop, supplying tools and equipments of secretarial and Computer training at the Dar es Salaam Regional Vocational and Training Services Centre.

5. The Swiss Government

Between 1979 and 1990 the VET system received support from the Swiss AID through Swiss Contact. The main objectives were to:

  • Convert the motor vehicle mechanics trade into truck mechanics by supply of tools and equipments.

  • Supply tools and equipment for fitter mechanics and welding and fabrication trades.

  • Support staff development.

  • Provide technical Support.

 6. The Danish government

The Danish government through Danida has supported the VET system since 1977. Its support was mainly through:

  • Constructing, equipping and training of staff at Dodoma, lringa and Mbeya RVTSCs.

  • Refurbishing the Chang’ombe RVTSC and VETA head office.

  • Development and implementation of SAP I and II.

  • Labour Market Analysis and course development training.

  • Financial management system development.

  • Technical assistance.

The support from Danida ended in December 2005. Preliminary contacts have been made to extend the support for another two years

7.  The Government of Ireland                                                                                                                        

Support from the Irish Aid to the VET system extended from 1996 to 2002 and covered the following areas:

  • Conversion of Mikumi District Vocational Training Centre into RVTSC Campus,

  • Extension and provision of equipments for Kihonda RVTSC

  • Technical assistance to VETA Eastern Zone.

 8. The Government of Japan

Between 1996 and 2002 VETA also enjoyed support from JICA in the following areas:

  • Technical assistance to VETA Head Office,

  • Assistance with equipping  the VETA South East Zone.

 9.  The Germany Government

Through Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)  the VET system received support between 1997 and 2002 for:

  •  Development and piloting of concepts for informal sector training (INTEP).

  • Technical assistance to VET Dar es Salaam Regional office and Directorate of Training at the Head office.

 10.  The African Development Bank (ADB)                                                                                                           

The ADB under African Development Fund (ADF) funded VET System from 1989 to 1995 and came again in 2003 to date. The funds were and are provided for: 

  • Constructing and equipping the Printing School at Dar es Salaam RVTSC,

  • Constructing of staff houses in Dar es Salaam,

  •  Staff development.

  • Constructing Arusha Vocational Training Centre for Hospitality Industry

  • Constructing and equipping Singida and Arusha Vocational Training and Service Centres.

  • Rehabilitation and extension of buildings at Mpanda, Ulyankhulu, Tabora and Shinyanga Vocational Training Centres.

  • Procuring equipment, and

  • Training of staff.

11. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

The funds from OPEC are being used for financing development (construction, equipping and rehabilitation) activities at Songea, Mikumi, Kagera, Oljoro, Mara, and Dakawa vocational training centres.

The objective is to upgrade them to the level of Regional Vocational Training and Service Centres through improving the quality and quantity of buildings, tools and equipment as well as staff development.  

Part of the proceeds will also be used for promoting zonal resource centres.

 12.  The Government of Republic Korea                                                                                                          

Funds from the Government of Korea through EDCF will be used for the construction of Lindi, Coast, and Manyara Regional Vocational Training Centres. Part of the funds will also be used for procuring tools, equipment and machineries for the above training centres, and also for Kigoma Regional Vocational Training and Service Centre. In addition an ICT centre will be built and equipped in the Dares Salaam Zone.

13. The Netherlands Government                                                                                                                          

The Netherlands government through NUFFIC has given VETA a grant amounting to Euro 1.2m over a period of four  years from February 2005 - December 2008.

The funds will be used to build capacity for mainstreaming entrepreneurship in curricula of VET institutions in Tanzania and Open/Distance learning system of entrepreneurship training.

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