They also discussed the way forward for the country’s National Skills Development Programme (NSDP).
The consultative dialogue which was led by The Prime Minister’s Office Labour, Youth, Employment and Persons with Disability in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) attracted members from the Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), Trade Union Congress of Tanzania (TUCTA), Ministry of Agriculture and REPOA.
Participants highlighted the need for more institutional links between the government educational, training institutions and the private sector.
ATE Executive Director, Dr Aggrey Mlimuka called for more coordinated efforts stating, “We need to make sure that the private sector is ready for and requires the skilled youth workforce we are creating, otherwise all our skills development efforts will not yield results.”
ILO Skills National Programme Officer, Comoro Mwenda echoed the importance of a coordinated response to skills development.
He said: “The arena of skills development currently has many actors; this platform will allow us to decide how we can coordinate our actions better and create an effective network to face opportunities and challenges the future of work presents. ILO is committed to working with the government to find innovative and forward looking solutions for skills development.”
Mutalemwa Benedict from the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) said: “There is a need for research to highlight the future labour market trends and needs. We also need to assess the key skills needed for each sector.”
Participants also identified other key areas for intervention including more integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and technological across various sectors as well as better skills needs anticipation.
The forum served as a launch pad for all future skills development programmes while working from the ongoing programmes by the government in collaboration with ILO.
The stakeholders urged the ministry and ILO to expand on the success of existing skills development programmes like the Quality Apprenticeship in Hospitality programme and Recognition of Prior Learning programmes which created viable and attractive skills training and certification opportunities for the country’s’ youth.
The national skills development programme endeavours are expected to provide solutions to tackle youth unemployment in the country.
The programme works to enhance both the employability and entrepreneurship skills among youth while boosting the capacity of local Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) to provide new employment opportunities for young women and men.
Both, ILO and the government are working towards the realisation of the 2019 Abidjan Declaration entitled ‘Advancing Social Justice: Shaping the future of work in Africa’.
The declaration calls for strengthening of capacities of all people to benefit from the opportunities of a changing world of work through investing in human capital by strengthening education, skills, re-skilling, up-skilling, and lifelong learning to leverage technology and the new types of jobs it helps create.