Recognition of Acquired Skills in Mozambique

Initial vocational education and training
07.12.2021
Swisscontact facilitates the process for designing and implementing the process of Recognition of Acquired Skills, which aims to guide, regulate and facilitate the certification of competencies and respective attribution of credits resulting from the verification, assessment and certification of vocational competencies acquired through the lifelong learning process, namely in work or non-formal and informal training contexts.

The Government of Mozambique has been implementing a broad Vocational Education Reform programme, which aims to establish an integrated, coherent and flexible Vocational Education System, whose fundamental objective is to raise the professional qualification of the active population, and to promote the skills necessary for personal development, oriented to the demands of the labour market.

In this process of qualification of the active population, special attention should be given to citizens who, although they have acquired competencies throughout their lives, particularly through their professional experience, do not have those same competencies formally recognised or certified. This situation is harmful both for those citizens who face difficulties in applying for a job and for the country that, normally, cannot count on this significant fringe of the national labour force.

Therefore, Swisscontact facilitates the process for designing and implementing the process of Recognition of Acquired Skills, which aims to guide, regulate and facilitate the certification of competencies and respective attribution of credits resulting from the verification, assessment and certification of vocational competencies acquired through the lifelong learning process, namely in work or non-formal and informal training contexts.

The implementation arose under a memorandum of understanding between the National Vocational Education Authority, the regulatory body responsible for ensuring the Quality of Vocational Education in the country, and Swisscontact, through the Skills to Build project.

In the past months, the training of facilitators and evaluators was supervised, the recruitment phase of the candidates was initiated, and the training centers were prepared for the recognition of acquired competencies.

On 8 December 2021, 11 plumbers, 7 welders, 7 electricians and 7 training facilitators got their nationally valid certificate in the respective profession.

Graduate, Eng. Edmundo Jossefa – Director da ANEP, Eng. Agostinho Langa – Secretario de Estado para o Ensino Técnico, Amb. Olivier Bürki – Swiss Ambassador, Regula Chávez-Malgiaritta, Country Director Swisscontact in Mozambique
Gouveia Silva Lambo RPL Plumber_Assembler and Repairer
Celestino Lucas Pumbling Facilitator
Helder Mavue RPL Facilitator Plumbing
Raul Jaime Muzuana, RPL Shielded Flat G1 Welding

Testimonials

Ernesto Alfredo Savanguana and Azarias Ernesto Savangana
The process taught me important things. Health and safety at work, for example, we neglected in the past. I realised that hygiene and security are essential for our work because we can avoid accidents.
Dércio Adriano Bape
The certificate is very important for me. Many things will change, my field of work will be promoted. My ability and knowledge will be recognised. It is not easy to provide services to companies without documents. I signed up for the training so that I can become a real entrepreneur.

The Skills to Build project is financed by Happel Foundation, among other donors. As part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, it is co-financed by SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA).

Mozambique
Upskilling and reskilling, Labour market insertion
Skills to Build
In close collaboration with the private sector, the project promotes improved competitiveness in the construction sector through specific training measures. In this way, the employment conditions and incomes of 470 already employed construction workers are to be improved or increased. In addition, 1 150 unskilled unemployed youth interested in...