Skills to Build (angl.)

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.
Durée du projet
2017 - 2024

Le projet

The Project 'Skills to Build' facilitates a private-public, modular technical skills training and certification for un-/employed, vulnerable youth and existing low-skilled workers and shop owners to create employment opportunities. The project may later explore other productive areas for competence development in addition to the construction sector. For the period of 2021-2024, training programs include masonry, plumbing, sewage, real estate canalization, water and sanitation, electricity, construction and maintenance of roads, painting, tiling, safety, industrial cleaning, environment & health.

The project is based on the hypothesis that the development of skills and competencies for employment and self-employment will help young men and women to find better jobs and, therefore, achieve better incomes, therefore contributing to greater economic and social equity in the country.

Opportunities for construction workers to find or improve wage for employment/self-employment, are expanded by vocational and occupational guidance, workplace experience and co-responsibility assumed by public and private actors to promote innovative technical training that responds to the market demand.

The project aims to contribute to the structuring of the vocational training system mainly through a training with specific curricula, intended for people who have so far been excluded from the formal education system or for adults in the formal or informal labour market in the construction sector.

By offering quality vocational training through these specialised centres, the sustainability of training will be enabled. The training is carried out through the different vocational training centres who are partners of the project. The practical part takes place partly in the centre itself, and another part on the construction sites or in the facilities that require professional intervention in the area where the young people are trained. The aim is to link technical skills training with the demands and involvement of the private sector to guarantee the relevance of the training, as well as to facilitate real labour insertion.


1. Initial skills development provision for unemployed, vulnerable youth - The project will target 4500 unemployed vulnerable youth (30% women)

  • Strengthening the capacity of vocational training centres (public / private), through training of trainers, curricula development and exchange of knowledge.
  • Exploring different training modalities such as practical trainings on construction sites, but also flexible teaching schedules and programmes (modular competence-based training allowing progress towards graduation – “no termination without a connection”).

2. Labour market insertion (internships and labour market inclusion, as also entrepreneurship course) 2430 skilled youth will access to the labour market.

  • Strengthening the capacity of vocational training centres (public / private), through training of trainers, curricula development and exchange of knowledge.
  • Engaging the public and private business sectors
  • Entrepreneurship: support young people to create self-employment options once they finish their professionalization courses and access to financial services.

3. Competence-based certification for already employed construction workers or workshop owners: 500 unskilled active workers (workshop owners and workers employed by construction companies, thereof 10% women)

  • recognition within selected training centres supervised by ANEP.
  • Certification is to formally recognize the work competencies of individuals, regardless of how they have been acquired and whether they have a degree or academic qualifications.

4. Dialogue with public and private stakeholders to increase ownership and anchoring skills training in national TVET framework.

Project partners

  • Federation of Associations of Construction Companies (FME)
  • Contractor Associations of Maputo City and Province
  • National Authority for Professional Education (ANEP)
  • National Youth Council (CNJ)
  • Training Centres - public and private
  • Pedagogical University (UP)
  • Private companies
  • Don Bosco Higher Institute



  • 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.

Financing partners

This project is financed by Christa 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).