Tanzania reinforces Vocational Training to address Mismatch at workplaces

The Minister of State, the office of the Prime Minister, in-charge of Policy, Parliament, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled Professor Joyce Ndalichako said the Government is working to ensure that colleges offering Technical and Vocational Education and Training are empowered.

“Technical and Vocational Education and Training are of paramount importance as they all create real performers,” said the Minister, adding that TVET graduates fit better in labor markets than products from other institutions of higher learning.

Professor Ndalichako was speaking during the opening of the National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NACTVET) symposium taking place at Mount Meru Hotel under the theme of ‘Strengthening TVET for skilled workforce in Tanzania.’

“It is not just about having a job, but rather possessing the right skills,” Prof Ndalichako maintained, saying youths from colleges should be also ready to perform at their utmost in any field of specialization.

Experts in Technical and Vocational Institutes meeting in Arusha have also advised governments in East Africa to ensure that the intakes of Technical Colleges are increased because they seem to be better at creating employable graduates than other institutes of higher learning.

They pointed out that graduates rolling out of institutions of higher learning have been found to perform poorly at workplaces upon securing employment therefore it is being advised that Vocational Training could be the only option to chisel the local youth to fit the job markets.

The Executive Secretary of the National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NACTVET) Dr Adolf Rutayuga said they were working to ensure that all students come out of their training well prepared to undertake any tasks thrown to them.

The Symposium, which is attended by 250 participants, takes place in sync with a special exhibition being held at the Sheikh Amri Abeid Stadium. 

On the other hand The Open-air stadium event has attracted over 300 exhibitors from all over the country.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan is on the other hand expected to officially grace the National Technical and Vocational Education and Training Exhibition 2023 on Friday May 19, 2023.

The National Council for Technical Education works to assist technical institutions to improve and maintain the quality of the education they provide and to ensure that their programmes meet Labour market demand, by guiding and monitoring their adherence to the regulatory framework.

It also performs advisory functions in advising both Government and technical institutions on the strategic development of technical education and training that can be undertaken.