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Canada’s college advantage developing Tanzania’s youth for employment in oil, gas and tourism


Ottawa, August 5, 2014—Colleges and Institutes Canada, in collaboration with Tanzania’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, has initiated plans for the implementation of the Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP). Participants at a validation workshop with stakeholders in Dar es Salaam discussed the next steps of this promising partnership and how it will benefit students and industry.

This Education for Employment (EFE) program will build capacity of Tanzanian technical and vocational training institutions to deliver effective skills training programs and support economic opportunities across the mining, oil, gas and tourism sectors.

“Canada’s colleges and institutes are experts in career-focused education and theImproving Skills Training for Employment Program shares this knowledge with key sectors of Tanzania’s economy,” said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada. “Colleges and institutes deliver skills for economic success and we are pleased to be able to assist Tanzania in addressing its own skills gap.”

ISTEP will contribute to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Development Program (TVETDP), designed to establish a sustainable quality TVET system in Tanzania. Once in place, it will help facilitate and promote an integrated competitive workforce that values lifelong learning and prepares people for employment and entrepreneurship.

ISTEP is a five-year (2014-2019) $13,000,000 CDN program funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD, formerly CIDA). “Canada is pleased to be supporting partnerships between Canadian and Tanzanian institutions to improve the opportunities for Tanzanian women and men to contribute to, and benefit from, growth in the tourism and extractive sectors,” noted Canadian High Commissioner Alexandre Lévêque. ISTEP’s goal is increased employment, including self-employment, of graduates from skills for employment programs.

Discussions brought together representatives from several Tanzanian ministries, including Education, Tourism, Energy and Minerals, and Labour and Employment; from VETA and NACTE; from training institutions; and from private sector organizations. Together, they validated the work plan required to complete the final implementation for the program.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Thomas Katebalirwe, Acting Director, Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training and a feedback session was facilitated by Dr. Linda Cooke, Interim Technical Advisor for ISTEP.

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. The association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities.

Colleges and Institutes Canada operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world, thanks in part to the support of the Government of Canada’s foreign affairs, trade, development and immigration departments, as well as to contracts with other supporters such as the Asian Development Bank, the UK’s Department of International Development and the Brazilian Government.


Photo: Tanzania Ministry of Education and Vocational Training officials, including Interim Director Mr. Thomas Katebalirwe, along with Warren Kidd, First Secretary (Development) of the High Commission of Canada, and Susan Sproule, Manager of Operations (ISTEP) at Colleges and Institutes Canada, at the August 5, 2014 ISTEP implementation plan validation workshop in Dar es Salaam.

For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications
Colleges and Institutes Canada
613-746-2222 ext. 3123
Twitter: @CollegeCan

Susan Sproule
Manager of Operations, ISTEP
Colleges and Institutes Canada