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Honorable Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa (MP),

Honorable 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 Minister, it is a great pleasure for me to make this brief statement as part of the phase two inauguration ceremony of the Apprenticeship Training Pilot project which I officiated its planning stage in March 2011. Phase one of the project was successfully concluded in January, 2014 and hence phase two for which the VET Board will provide the necessary supervision in order to ensure successful implementation.

Honorable Minister, it is widely agreed that Tanzania is not yet equipped with the vocational skills it needs for economic and employment growth. Hence the 1994 Vocational Education and Training Act which established the Vocational Education and Training Authority as a semi-autonomous body for implementing the provisions of the Act and a Vocational Education and Training Board to supervise VETA in this implementation. The Legislation also charged the Minister responsible for Vocational Education and Training to monitor the implementation of the Act in relation to Government policies and development strategies.

Honorable Minister, the VET Board has been providing this supervision in general but focusing on key factors, including:-

• Training provided must be demand-led, emphasizing vocational skills and competences required by the labor market including skills to support productivity, international competitiveness, self-employment and mobility of workers.

• Training must be provided in close partnership and cooperation with the workplaces, focusing on partnership with key stakeholders especially employers.

• Training provided must promote equity whereby opportunities provided are inclusive in terms of geographical, gender, people with disabilities etc.

• Vocational skills development must be based on lifelong learning. Workplaces are changing continuously and if skilled persons are to shape and take advantage of them to improve the quality of their lives, they need to update and upgrade their skills continuously.

• The Board also puts emphasis on efficiency and effectiveness on the delivery of vocational skills development programmes. Training must be characterized by cost-efficiency, leading to positive results for those who invest in it.

Honorable Minister, the re-birth of Apprenticeship training in Tanzania will add value to what the Board has been standing for which include training relevance, equity, quality and effectiveness.

With this brief statement, I now have the pleasure to welcome Honorable Dr. Shukuru Kawambwa(MP), Minister of Education and Vocational Training to officiate the inauguration.

                                                                  ASANTENI SANA.

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