TPSF Skill’s Council coordinator Jane Gonsalves disclosed that in the sensitization workshop held recently in Dar es Salaam that brought together players in the subsectors to discuss challenges and chart a way forward.
She said players in the ‘unforgotten ‘sector will soon be in with a chance to access opportunities in African continental free trade area (AfCFTA), if the proposed Skill Council Sector (SSC) for the Creative industry starts.
She said skills gaps or skills mismatch and unsatisfactory skills composition is a big challenge facing players in the subsector.
Gonsalves said that low levels or lack of soft or behavioral skills negatively affects labour productivity thus affects the subsector.
“SSC will play a role of equipping players in the subsector with appropriate skills to strongly compete in AfCFTA,” she said
Nicholas Mbwanji, the Labour Market Analyst, Interfin Consultants Ltd, said the sector could contribute more to the economy, if policies and strategies, addressing cross-cutting issues – such as skills development agenda - are harmonized and appropriately addressed.
He said the World Bank estimates that around 900,000 young people enter the job market annually, competing for only about 50,000/60,000 formal sector jobs created each year
The analyst said that the figures implies over 800,000 youth enter the informal economy or the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector,
In his presentation, dubbed “National Skills Development Strategy & formation of governance structures-NSDC & SSCs said that “Low education levels” present particular challenges to modernization – including inability to adapt to changes and/or usage of technology, and lack of flexibility,”.
Others were “no inter-ministerial action and institutional mechanism to promote creative employment for young people”.
Thus, having a holistic and coordinated approach of empowering the youth with appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes will promote new creative jobs, creative businesses and creative economy.
He said among other key factors Skills, knowledge and attitudes are catalysts in driving the economic growth and social development of any country.
Tanzania Cosmetology Association assistant manager Nancy Elihaki said the council will be an important tool to address challenges facing the subsector.
“We are making packaging at high cost due to some unfriendly regulations, as a result they opted to import directly from the manufacturers,” she said.