Tanzania

Despite impressive development and social welfare improvements, Tanzania continues to face considerable development challenges in economic distribution, population growth, unemployment, and education. The high unemployment rate is attributed to limited access to skills training, low enrolment into TVET institutions and a mismatch between available skills and the labour market needs. The Tanzanian Government has taken steps to decrease the skills gap. It has launched a Technical and Vocational Education and Training department and adopted an Education-Employment Link framework which will connect people who have completed their studies with available jobs.   

There are over 100 different languages spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa. Swahili is the national language, while the official language is English, resulting in a discrepancy between labour demands and available soft skills.
 
TANZANIA

facts and Figures

  • Area: 945,087 km²
  • Population: 56 million
  • Administrative Capital: Dodoma
  • Commercial Capital: Dar es Salaam

Swisscontact in Tanzania

  • since 1979

Projects

Tanzania, Uganda
Sustainable tourism, Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
Learn, Earn and Save (U-LEARN II)
The U-LEARN II Project seeks to support youth by providing them with tailor-made training opportunities to increase their employment chances and entrepreneurship opportunities.Education significantly influences a person’s life chances in terms of labour market success and general human flourishing. The opportunity to get a decent education is...
Tanzania
Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
Skills for Employment Tanzania

The Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) Project seeks to improve self-employment prospects among the youth through the contribution to improved access, relevance and quality of vocational skills development.
Youth have difficulty finding employment due to limited access to skills training and a mismatch between available skills training and the...

News

Tanzania
Labour market insertion, Initial vocational education and training
08.06.2020
U-LEARN: Training continues despite COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we go about our daily activities. The past few weeks have seen people stay home, practice social distancing, wear protective gear and maintain good handwashing practices in an attempt to flatten the infection curve and stop the spread of the highly infectious virus. Many governments around the world have...
Tanzania
04.06.2019
Launch of the Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) Programme
On 31st May 2019, Switzerland through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) launched the Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) programme that will see the lives of many youths improved through vocational skills. Based on previous years of successful implementation of skills development projects, Swisscontact won the bid to implement...
Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa
08.05.2019
Knowledge Sharing at the 2019 CESAF Regional Meeting
On 30th April and 1st May 2019, Swisscontact Central, East and Southern African (CESAF) team representatives met in Nairobi, Kenya for their annual regional meeting.

APPROACH

Swisscontact works in Tanzania as a facilitator in skills development to complement government efforts in youth empowerment.  

Economic, social, and academically disadvantaged youth are supported through tailor-made training opportunities to increase their employment chances and entrepreneurship opportunities. Projects are guided by a unique youth and market-driven learning group model, which is focused on three broad and fast-growing sectors. These are agribusiness, construction, and hospitality, which require more locally skilled personnel to meet demand and enhance growth.  

The Skills for Employment project employs an Inclusive Markets system approach which explores the limits and opportunities in-built in the existing Technical and Vocational Education Training system. The project seeks to improve the prospects of self-employment among the youth through a sustainable and systemic contribution to improved access, relevance, and quality of vocational skills development.  

Since ownership is critical for sustainability, our projects apply a participatory approach which involves joint action planning with all partners. Both strategic and implementing partners drive systemic change and act as multipliers to improve the system. 

Taka ni Mali - Waste is Wealth
The Taka ni Mali project contributed to adequate employment opportunities in solid waste collection and recycling, while reducing environmental degradation and health risks through efficient and sustainable solid waste management systems.

Contact

Swisscontact Tanzania

Plot 54A, Block D, Isamilo Area
P.O. Box 10133 Mwanza