Skills for Employment Tanzania (SET)

Beekeeping training in Mvomero District, Morogoro Region.
Beekeeping training in Mvomero District, Morogoro Region. © Swisscontact

The project enhances youth (self-) employment by improving the Vocational Skills Development system. It supports the government and private stakeholders to expand access to quality training that matches the demand from both the economy and youth. Building on Swiss expertise, the project improves relevance of labour market data for curricula development, enhances the quality of vocational teachers, and provides access to tailored practical vocational trainings for youth, in particular women, including young mothers.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Emploi & développement économique
Formation professionelle
Création d'emplois
Formation professionnelle
Politique d'éducation
01.07.2022 - 30.06.2026
CHF  9’500’000
Contexte A significant share of young Tanzanians are in vulnerable employment, hindering their ability to move out of poverty. Despite a number of challenges that relate to access, quality and relevance of skills, Vocational Skills Development (VSD) plays a pivotal role to equip youth to access gainful (self-) employment. These challenges are acknowledged among VSD stakeholders, both public and private. With the support of the World Bank, the Government has prepared a ten-year National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS). Based on this Strategy, the Government of Tanzania has prepared a second Technical Vocational Education and Training Development Plan (TVETDP) 2021/22 – 2025/26, which aims to build the human capital needed to drive the NSDS. The Skills for Employment project supports the Government of Tanzania to pursue this plan and complement the achievement of goals defined in the NSDS through training provision to Tanzanian youth.
Objectifs Improve the prospects of gainful youth (self-) employment through a contribution to improved access, relevance and quality of Vocational Skills Development.
Groupes cibles

Primary target group:

  • Youth (15-24 years), in particular those who cannot access the formal VSD system, especially young women, including young mothers;
  • Training providers – both public and private – as well as key government institutions like the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology – Department of TVET (MoEST-DTVET), particularly its units FDCs, VETA, and NACTVET.
Effets à moyen terme
  1. Improved collection and analysis of labour market and skills needs, involving private sector, workplace practitioners and other labour market stakeholders, leading to improved, relevant and flexible VSD curricula.
  2. Improved motivation, adaptive teaching techniques and teaching environment allow for improved delivery of non-formal and formal programmes and training throughout the network of Folk Development Colleges (FDCs).
  3. Increased access of youth, and young mothers, to relevant non-formal VSD. 

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • NACTVET and the VETA capacities improved to develop private sector demand-driven curricula based on effective and standardized procedures for labour market analysis.
  • The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for FDCs developed and rolled-out.
  • Availability of improved teaching & learning materials at FDCs assured.
  • Demand/opportunity-driven quality vocational training courses for youth developed and provided.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • 17 conducted Labour Market Analyses informed the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) to revise and/or develop 11 curricula.
  • A Labour Market Analysis guide was produced with a focus on skills needs drawing on the lessons learned and capacity development activities.
  • 13 new Training of Trainers (ToT) modules linked to accreditation were developed and piloted for online distance learning, focusing on methodological and pedagogical aspects, in order to be rolled out by the National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training and the Vocational Education (NACTVET) as of July 2022.
  • 15,900 youth, among them 53% females, attended and benefitted from supported skills development training courses.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Secteur privé
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est
  • Swisscontact

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

Building on SET phase 1, synergies are pursued with the Swiss funded Opportunity for Youth Employment OYE (SNV) project as well as the Youth Employment through Skills Enhancement YES (Helvetas) project.

Possibly synergies will also be sought with the Safeguard Young People (SYP) project co-funded  by Switzerland. The SYP also works with the FDCs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) education purposes.

These synergies will be further pursued. At the regional level, cross-learning is expected with other projects implemented by Swisscontact, in particular Promoting Market Oriented Skills Training and Employment Creation in the Great Lakes (Promost) and Skills 4 Life (S4L).

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    9’500’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    5’669’429
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.07.2022 - 30.06.2026   (Phase en cours) Phase 1 01.03.2017 - 30.06.2022   (Completed)