Premier Majaliwa said last Saturday as he officiated the launching of the training during the commemoration of 100 years of the International Labour Organization at the Donbosco grounds in Dodoma.
He said: “The phase five government led by President John Magufuli has initiated a programme for building training capacity that aims to offer vocational training for the country’s youth of various levels of education from Std VII leavers to those completing university education.”
He said the training to be given includes apprenticeship in various skills that began in 2027 and 32,786 youth graduated. He added that the second phase of the training involved 5,875 youth as part of the ILO’s centenary celebrations.
He said notwithstanding the success achieved in the labour market and employment sector in the past 100 years, the issue of unemployment among the young people has been among many challenges facing the world, hence it needs sustainable strategies in the coming 100 years.
Majaliwa said among the causes that contribute to the unemployment problem in youth is the lack of the necessary training skills that would enable them to be self employed get employed in various economic sectors.
The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (Policy, Employment and the Disabled) Jenista Mjagama said up to June 2019 a total of 36,726 youth have benefited by the programme in increasing their skills that is financed by the government by 100 per cent.
She said out of those, 6,455 benefited from apprenticeship training in various skills including sewing, carpentry, masonry, making of machinery spare parts, motor vehicle mechanics, electricity knowledge and shoemaking.
Mhagama said training from skills achieved outside the official training system that had been officially recognized was given to 10,443 youth in the fields of masonry, carpentry, motor vehicle, cookery and hotel services.
She also said on modern farming a total of 18,800 youth benefited from the training whilst other 1,028 received practical (field) training.
On his part the Project Coordinator of Don Bosco Tanzania, Rosemary Terry Njoki said the training programme had aimed at youths of 17 to 35 age group to get knowledge that would enable them get employment.
He said such training would enable the country to attain its goals in economic development from down upwards by 2025 since it would have increased the number of skilled workers who are much needed.
Earlier, the ILO Director of East Africa Region, Wellington Chibebe said the organisation has resolved to fight for society’s rights that include the right for employment as recognized internationally.
He said singe 1919, ILO is the only UN institution that has a trinity system that puts together workers, employers and government in 187 countries worldwide who are its members – in developing policies and put in place programmes that incite respect to people of all genders.
After the launching of the ILO Centenary celebrations, Majaliwa participated in tree planting, whereby a total of 200 trees were planted at Mtumba Government town, marking ILO 100 years of its existence and 100 coming years.