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.

facts and Figures

  • Area: 945,087 km²
  • Population: 61 million
  • Administrative Capital: Dodoma
  • Commercial Capital: Dar es Salaam

Swisscontact in Tanzania

  • since 1979


Initial vocational education and training
Swisscontact celebrates Women’s achievement in Vocational Education in Tanzania
In commemoration of International Women's Day, Swisscontact in Tanzania joins the world in celebrating women and their achievements. This year’s theme should inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion to forge a better world.
Initial vocational education and training
Digital Flowers: A Vocational Training Programme to Equip Young Mothers with Commercial Flower Production Skills and Link Them with Extension Services Using a Digital Tool
Between August and November 2023, the Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) project in partnership with Nexis Africa Limited implemented the “Digital Flower” training programme in Morogoro Municipal. 150 young mothers were equipped with technical skills for commercial flower production and corresponding complementary services, like flower pot making. They were also trained on a digital application known as “Shamba+” (Swahili for “Farm”) to link them with remote extension services and on the use of social media as a marketing tool for their flower products.
Initial vocational education and training
Youth in Morogoro Region showcase their vocational skills at Skills Bonanza
Promoting and raising awareness of vocational skills development (VSD) have been showcased at a regional level in Morogoro. Across the region, around 13,000 people participated in a series of five mini-Skills Bonanzas[1] in the districts of Malinyi, Mlimba, Kilosa, Mvomero, and Gairo. During these events, trained youth showed off their skills in competitions linked to VSD. These games included creating clothing from cutting different types of paper to demonstrate tailoring skills and grinding the white meat (copra) from a coconut to show an aspect of food processing.
Country Director Tanzania
Sabine Roth


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. 

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...
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.
The objective of Swisscontact’s work is to open up pathways out of poverty for people in developing countries through broad-based economic development projects.

Motivated and productive employees with initiative constitute the most important success factor in all areas of our work. We count on motivated individuals who are looking to the future, impact- and team-oriented, and want to work in international development cooperation.

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Swisscontact Tanzania
Plot no. 105, Pamba Street
P.O. Box 48, Morogoro