Tanzania Launches Sector Skills Councils to bridge acute Skills Gap
The Government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Education Science and Technology in collaboration with Tanzania Private Sector (TPSF) Foundation has launched Sector Skills Councils with the aim of addressing existing skills gap in the country. The long awaited Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) and the first of its kind in the country are tasked to collect existing skills gap information and propose solutions that will assist to curb the gap. The councils are established on six sectors that has significant impact and support to the country’s economy These sectors includes Agriculture and Agribusiness, Tourism and Hospitality, Information and Communication Technology, Energy, Transport and Logistics and the last sector is the construction sector.
We have initially started with these six sectors due to their importance on contributing towards the country’s industrialization agenda and the vision 2025, but we will include other sectors after we have observed the performance of the named six sectors. – Mr Shamte.
The government has given TPSF the mandate to establish, coordinate and supervise SSCs which are part of the 2016/2025 National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) that intends to address skills gap in the country. For years employers have been raising concerns that the education which is provided on colleges and higher level institutions does not match with the market demand something which has been putting a burden on employers as they spend a lot of money to train employees on the relevant skills. Minister for Education, Science and Technology Prof. Joyce Ndalichako said during the launching ceremony that the SSCs will link key stakeholders who will ensure that the mismatch is eliminated. These stakeholders includes Training Institutions, Government ministries and agencies and Employers.
I believe that by working together these three type of members will come up with a solution to this problem which has been costing the country a lot of money – Prof Ndalichako