The SDF enables 40,000 young people to acquire entrepreneurial skills
SDF coordinator Masozi Nyirenda unveiled it recently, saying the five-year initiative complements the government’s efforts to eradicate the problem of unemployment among the majority of local youths.
The SDF is a product of the National Skills Development Strategy (SNDS) and an Education and Skills for Productive Jobs Program (ESPJ).
According to him, the SDF acts as an instrument to promote the expansion and quality of skills development opportunities in six key and enabling sectors of the country’s economy, including agriculture and agribusiness, tourism and tourism. hospitality, energy, construction, transport and logistics and information, communication. and technology.
“The fund promotes an effective results-based tool to improve the relevance, quality, equity and efficiency of post-secondary education and training,” Nyirenda said, expressing that TEA is partnering with some institutes , including the Vocational Education Training Authority (VETA), Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO), Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT), Arusha Technical College as well as other local universities and some non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
“Through our partnership, we typically empower colleges in terms of key training facilities and infrastructure, but additionally, we help them update their training curriculum to ensure recipients are more professionally trained. “, he added.
Lisa Mkuyu, a graduate of the College of Business Education (CBE) in Dodoma, is among the beneficiaries of the program.
After graduating and fortunately being lucky enough to be enrolled in TEA’s SDF program, she managed to embark on a wine transformation project, the initiative that has yielded such good results.
Currently, she owns Roslyn Enterprises, the booming wine processing company that produces favorable brands including Ugogoni and Rosyline wines.
“I call on other young people in the country to seek out and effectively use different skills development opportunities that continue to arise in the country to grasp the key knowledge in entrepreneurship to help them venture into self-sufficient ventures. “, she urged.
The programme, SDF, is the product of extensive research carried out in 2014/15 between the government with the support of the World Bank (WB), the vital study which found that a huge percentage of local youth, educated and uneducated, must be equipped with potential skills to venture into different key productive sectors.
The World Bank (WB) has injected $120 million to support the implementation of the 10-year National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS 2016/17-2025/26).
NSDS is a pioneer in creating a skilled and competitive Tanzanian workforce that can effectively drive inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth by developing a sustainable transformation of the Tanzanian workforce to achieve a composition that ensures timely attainment of middle-income country status by 2025.