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.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Employment & economic development
Vocational training
Employment creation
Vocational training
Education policy
01.07.2022 - 30.06.2026
CHF  9’500’000
Background 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.
Objectives Improve the prospects of gainful youth (self-) employment through a contribution to improved access, relevance and quality of Vocational Skills Development.
Target groups

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.
Medium-term outcomes
  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. 

Expected results:  

  • 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.

Results from previous phases:  

  • 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.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
Private sector
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Foreign private sector South/East
  • Swisscontact

Coordination with other projects and actors

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 Current phase Swiss budget CHF    9’500’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    5’669’429
Project phases Phase 2 01.07.2022 - 30.06.2026   (Current phase) Phase 1 01.03.2017 - 30.06.2022   (Completed)