In recent years Mozambique has recorded one of the highest levels of sustained economic growth in Africa, yet the lack of a skilled labour force is preventing this growth from being translated into higher incomes and improved prosperity.
Without the benefit of adequate education and training, its young citizens, especially women, are forced into low-paid marginalised jobs as firms recruit from abroad.
With new legislation making it possible to deliver training through public private partnerships, more training opportunities can now be created to increase the supply of qualified labour.
Our Skills for Employment programme, known as JOBA, will tackle the mismatch between the supply and demand of labour by building constructive partnerships between non-state technical and vocational education and training (TVET) providers, employers in the private sector, job centres and the Mozambican government.
We will also manage an employment fund designed to increase the volume and quality of TVET places leading to jobs in sectors of economic growth, and promote inclusive practices to reach disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups.
Additionally, we will design and implement a management information system, monitoring and evaluation framework and communications strategy for the programme, and establish a trade association for training providers.
Running until 2021, JOBA will improve access to quality, affordable and market-relevant skills training and employment services, supporting the development of a more robust labour market and better prepared workforce ready to meet the demands of a modern economy.
Its key targets are to provide technical training to 2000 learners, a quarter of whom will be women, and vocational or entrepreneurial training to 3000 learners, half of whom will be adolescent girls or women.
Meeting these targets will mark the accomplishment of the programme’s ultimate objectives: getting young people into sustainable employment, raising incomes and reducing gender inequality.