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Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET)

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.


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).


Expected Results

  • Actively engage 23 training providers/institutions. These include providers of informal, short-term training in the agri-sector, and providers of formal and short-term training in the formal TVET sector.

  • Capacity building of 250 trainers and management staff at VET schools participating in up-grading or training at The Morogoro Vocational Instructors Training College (MVTTC).

  • Enroll 3,000 students and ensure they benefit from project interventions in the Morogoro Vocational Instructors Training College (MVTTC).

  • Reach 5,000 Formal TVET students (3,000 male and 2,000 female) enrolled at VET schools for short-training longer than one month and formal training.

  • Reach 4,000 youth aged between 15 -24 years in the agri-business and informal sectors with short term agri - training.
  • Link 1,000 teenage mothers with skills trainings that will create opportunities through employment or self-employment.

Project partner

  • The Vocational Educational and Training Authority (VETA)
  • The Morogoro Vocational Instructors Training College (MVTTC)

  • Local Government Authorities

  • Private sector actors and external experts

Project countries

  • Tanzania


  • SDC

Working area


Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97
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