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Targeted skills training increases youth employment

Skills training that is tailored to meet the demands of the jobs market in Mozambique is helping young people gets jobs and build better futures.

A young woman taking part in skills training
A young woman taking part in skills training.

Plan International Mozambique is running skills education and training in Jangamo and Homoine districts in Inhambane province. The goal of the project is to close the gap between the market demand and supply of qualified labour.

The project has been implemented in partnership with the government of Mozambique and local partners DPEFP-I, INEPF and ACUDES. It has achieved 3 main results.

Result 1: Improved quality of skills education and training

The project has strengthened 3 vocational training centres so that:

  1. The courses are relevant to the local market. In order to make sure this is the case, a market analysis was carried out during the first phase of the project.
  2. The teaching and learning materials are at a high standard. In addition, local employers are trained to effectively coach apprentices.
  3. The management of the training centres is improved and that strategies to support the young people to get jobs are in place.

Result 2: Alumni groups and youth cooperatives formed

As part of the project, partner organisation ACUDES sets up alumni groups that are linked with Plan International-supported youth groups in Inhambane. This creates links between young people in the community and the training centres. 

The alumni also mentor other young people who have recently graduated from the training centres. Additionally, the groups also share their experiences of the challenges faced by young people in the jobs market which helps the project to design and implement effective youth employment strategies.

ACUDES also sets up youth cooperatives for the young people who choose to become self-employed. This helps them support each other in becoming profitable. As part of the training, the young people develop skills in managing cooperatives. They are also supported to forge links with more established associations and cooperatives so they are able to take part in national decision-making processes concerning youth employment.

Result 3: Multi-stakeholder partnerships help young people get jobs

Through the project, partnerships have been formed between NGO, local authorities, the government and the private sector, including potential employers, and the alumni and cooperative groups. This means the project is flexible and is able to respond to the ever-changing jobs market.

Each party has clear roles and responsibilities as part of the partnerships and all members are encouraged to contribute to decision-making. Through the partnerships, the training courses are reviewed to ensure they result in the highest possible rates of youth employment.