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 needs of the labour market. Weak involvement of the private sector in the formal Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) system has resulted in a situation that does not respond to the specific practical skills needed. The poorly skilled workforce restrains the growth of key economic sectors and vocational skills development requires expansion and improvement. The lack of locally available and relevant skilled resources is most evident in the agricultural sector that is the mainstay of Tanzania’s economy.
 The Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training Centre is a key multiplier in the TVET system with a mandate to train TVET teachers. However, their ability to offer high quality training is lacking and their capacity in service delivery and management is weak. In addition, the poor institutional capacity and management of both public and private training providers is a persistent issue. Currently, few deliver skills training that address the employment challenges of poorly skilled young people, to help them move out of unemployment or informal low-skilled employment into decent work opportunities in their local labour market.
Dodoma, Tanzania
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Project duration
2018 - 2022
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

This SET Project will directly respond to the challenges of unemployment and underemployment among the youth in Tanzania especially among women.It will support the Government’s efforts to resolve this key development challenge of low quality skills produced by the TVET system.It will contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of decent work and economic growth by increasing labour productivity, reducing the unemployment rate, especially for young people, and improving access to services and benefits that are essential components of sustained and inclusive economic growth.

 The project will address the issue by improving Vocational Skills Development (VSD) training for young men and women in a systematic manner. VSD is a key factor for youth and woman to obtain access to employment and income. The project will focus on capacity building of partners, testing models and approaches for achieving scale effects, and ensuring that large numbers of skilled youth are trained and have access to services leading to decent employment opportunities. It will apply the principles and practices of the Inclusive Markets (IM) approach that will explore the limits and opportunities in-built in the existing Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) system.

The target group and eventual beneficiaries of the project are young men and women aged 15 – 24 years who are unemployed or in vulnerable employment. The project will attempt to reduce vulnerable employment for women by 76% and for men by at least 66%.

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. This will be achieved through capacity building of key institutions and coordination between skills providers and private sector/market actors. The first project phase expects a benefit outreach of 5,000 youths (60% women).

Project partners

  • The Morogoro Vocational Instructors Training College (MVTTC)
  • Tanzanian Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) 
  • The Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA)
  • National Council for Technical Education (NACTE)
  • Morogoro Public and Private Training Providers
  • Local Government Authorities
  • Private sector actors and external experts


Results 2018- 2019

  • Project inception phase concluded, and implementation began.
  • 70 trainers (27 female) accessed and completed Training of Trainer (ToT) sessions facilitated by the project.
  • Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) signed with key stakeholders in education, i.e. the Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA) and Morogoro Vocational Teachers Training College (MVTTC).


Patricia Danzi, Director General of SDC, visits the Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) project
Ms. Patricia Danzi, Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and Mr. Peter Bieler, Head of Southern and Eastern Division at SDC, visited Tanzania last week. Jointly with the Swiss Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr. Didier Chaussot, they paid visits to selected projects including Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) in Morogoro to talk to beneficiaries and project partners. 
Initial vocational education and training
Swiss Embassy Senior Management Visit the Skills for Employment Tanzania Project
On 17th June 2021, three senior management team members from the Swiss Embassy paid a courtesy field visit to the Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET) project. 
Skills for Employment Tanzania organises Training on Labour Market Information for Occupation Skills Development
The project ‘Skills for Employment Tanzania’ recently conducted a three-day (13-15 April 2021) Training on Labour Market Information and Survey Management for a range of private and public skills providers.