WELCOMING REMARKS BY THE HON.DR. SHUKURU KAWAMBWA (MP),
Last Update on:2015-07-17

 

Honorable Delegates from Germany,

Mr. Jörg Asmussen, Staatssekretär - Permanent State Secretary, Berlin Mr.

Wolfgang Schmidt, Staatsrat Hamburg - Councilor of State Hamburg

Mr. Frank Glücklich – Former Director of Hamburg Chamber of Skilled Crafts

Honorable Dar es Salaam Embassy Staff,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Honorable Delegates, it is my pleasure to take this opportunity to welcome you and distinguished guests to Tanzania in general and Dar es Salaam in particular which is one of the project implementation points for apprenticeship training in the field of Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Electrical. The third field of hospitality apprenticeship training is being piloted at Moshi. I do understand the busy schedule of your work programme at home and therefore attending this occasion is a testimony of the Germany Government commitment to the development of vocational education and training in Tanzania.

Honorable Delegates, the launch of Phase II of the dual – apprenticeship project today is directly related to the number on interventions the government of Tanzania has been taking systematically to address the shortage of skills in the country. We need to accelerate the process of improving the skills of the labour force and apprenticeship training in a globally recognized system due to its strength in bridging the work place experience gap in skills development institutions.

Low levels of labour productivity due to skills gaps not only drive down growth in the economic sectors but is also considered to be one of the major factors undermining the Country’s ability to embrace new technology and innovation and thus its ability to compete internationally.

As a country, we are focused in developing the skills we need for national economic development and the importance of apprenticeship training cannot be ignored. In order to achieve the objectives of the country’s vision 2025, we need to start building now capable skilled workforce through national skills development strategies and apprenticeship training is one of them.

Honorable Delegates; Apprenticeship training has many benefits. The country benefits because if employers train, it means that they share the cost of skills development. Compared to full time institutional based training, apprenticeship training is also much more cost effective because of improved matching between training and labour market skills demand, thereby reducing the risk of skills mismatch. Employers and their organizations benefit in many ways. Apprentices constitute a “pool” of competent labour for the companies and the respective sectors as a whole due to the transferable nature of the skills being acquired. The more the companies are involved in apprenticeship training the less the risk of companies poaching skilled people from each other.

For the young person apprenticeship opens up a first job that can lead to a career for productive employment and completed apprenticeships greatly increases the young person’s chances of being employed. Most important, however is that dividing training responsibilities between training institutions and work based learning sites ensures that the two learning sites mutually support each other.

Distinguished Delegates; allow me to conclude by thanking the Germany government for participating in the implementation of phase two of the dual apprenticeship training project.

On behalf of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training and the Government, I take this opportunity to confirm that the Government of Tanzania in general and my Ministry in particular are committed to make sure that phase II is concluded successfully and thereafter roll-over the piloted system on a national scale in order to derive maximum benefits from this unique Germany/Tanzania technical cooperation.

 

ASANTENI NA KARIBUNI SANA

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