The programme, dubbed, “Youth enhancement through Skills enhancement-YES project” funded by Helvetas Tanzania is a three-year project implemented in Dodoma and Singida rural districts benefiting at least 3000 women and men aged between 15 and 30 years.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister, Moshi Kabengwe Director of Administrations in the Ministry explained that skills form a crucial component for a prospective workforce in the country.
“The programme will empower the unemployed and skilled young people to run their own small and medium scale economic activities,” he said.
He added that it will also empower the youth whose majority had been involved in informal opportunities such as violence that risks the country’s peace and security.
The director noted that with the government seeking to transform the economy into a middle-income country, both industries and factories need skilled force, the same to service providers.
The YES Project Manager Africanus Chalamila detailed that the project identified at least 11 institutions that include the VETA and JKT Makutupola to help provide training in the area of cooking, construction, electrical installation, motorcycle mechanics, poultry farming, gardening, hotel management and agri-business.
He said each year the project targets to provide training to at least 1000 youth from the two districts. “The project is based on supporting the youth to acquire employability skills by sponsoring their training ... benefiting institutions are also required to highlight the market demands and help the graduates obtain jobs,” he said.
Julius Mjelwa, a senior market analyst with the state-owned Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA) told the delegates attending the launching ceremony here that a large section of youth has an attitude that poses a great threat to an investor.
VETA strives to offer relevant skills needed in the labour market. He said the strategy provides a full-scale curriculum that considers people from various social and economic backgrounds.
Elizabeth Msainu, one of the beneficiaries thanked the government and project implementers saying it has empowered her and she can now take care of herself, the family of three children and her mother.