Skills to Build «S2B»

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 employment in the construction sector will be given access to short-term induction courses equipping them with the basic skills as required by employers in the sector. The beneficiaries’ age ranges from 15 to 35 years.

Despite a rapidly growing economy, Mozambique is still one of the poorest countries in the world. A high poverty rate and unemployment, especially among young people, stifle the future prospects of young Mozambicans.

The growing construction sector is basically an ideal sector for integrating young adults with little education into the world of work. So far, however, foreign construction companies in particular have benefited from increased demand in the construction sector, while local small construction companies and in particular young Mozambican workers have been excluded.
Maputo Province, Mozambique
Maputo City, Mozambique
Project duration
2017 - 2020
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
  • Medicor Foundation
  • City of Zurich, Finance Department
  • Donations

The project

The project therefore aims to improve the competitiveness of the local construction sector in terms of quality and productivity in order to provide construction workers with more stable employment conditions, and thus improve their income situation. The increased competitiveness will be achieved through certified training measures to develop the professional skills of young workers with little education. This is done in close collaboration with the private sector in order to create long-term employment opportunities.

The employability of unemployed young people without education will be increased by providing them with basic skills required by employers. «Skills to build» thus contributes to reduce the existing skills gap in the construction sector and the poor quality of popular construction. The project activities will initially be carried out in the City and Province of Maputo with the possibility of expansion into other regions.


Strengthen the Employers Federation «FME» and its associations of the construction sector

  • Developing a database for the placement of skilled workers, unemployed youth
  • Coordinating training courses and establish examination and certification structures

Further training of already employed construction workers

  • 470 low-skilled, already employed construction workers acquire documented skills in short-term specialisation courses

Short-term induction courses for unemployed youth interested in employment in the construction sector

  • 1,150 unemployed youth are trained and acquire documented skills


Project partners

  • Mozambican Construction Federation (FME)
  • Contractor Associations of Maputo City and Province
  • National Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (INEFP)
  • Institute for Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (IPEME)
  • National Authority for Professional Education (ANEP)
  • National Youth Council (CNJ)
  • Training Centres - public and private



  • Built capacity of 431 young trainees (128 women) in masonry, plumbing, painting, electricity, health and safety, tiling, steel fixing and form working.
  • Four construction companies actively participated in the Training of Trainer (ToT) sessions and received 21 young people for professional training in masonry.
  • 171 employees (25 female) received short-term specialised training. All are employees in 27 different companies in Maputo City and Maputo Province.
  • The CFPAS and IFPELAC training centres were accredited for three curricula by the National Authority for Professional Education (ANEP) - an important step for recognition by the state.
  • Facilitated the formation of a partnership with the Don Bosco Institute to train 30 trainers in pedagogy in 2020. This is a requirement for the centres to be accredited by the Mozambican state.
  • Supported IPEME, the institute for the promotion of small and medium enterprises, to carry out an 18-month training course with youths who had completed their professional training and wanted to pursue entrepreneurship. 80 people participated in the selection process, 33 of whom are presently enrolled in training.


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