Maputo, September 18, 2015 – Colleges and institutes Canada (CICan) and American gas and petroleum exploration company Anadarko in Mozambique (AMA1) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement a program for the promotion and development of vocational training in Mozambique.
The agreement was signed by John Peffer, CEO of Anadarko in Mozambique, and Denise Amyot, President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, in the presence of Shawn Barber, High Commissioner of Canada to Mozambique and Edmundo Jossefa, Secretary General of the Commission for the Reform of Professional Education (COREP) in Mozambique.
Entitled Skills Training for Employment in Mozambique (STEM/CTEM), this project will support the development of a skilled workforce in Mozambique. It will strengthen the professional capacity of Mozambican women and men in order to meet the demands of the country’s new emerging sectors. The objective is to improve the employment rate of graduates as well as the economic prospects offered to them and their communities.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Anadarko in order to help train a qualified workforce that will contribute to Mozambique’s economic growth”, said CICan President and CEO Denise Amyot. “This collaborative approach between postsecondary establishments and industry has always been very successful in Canada and I am confident that it will allow Mozambique’s youth to acquire the skills they need to succeed in the booming oil and gas sector.”
A dozen Canadian cégeps, institutes and colleges will be involved in this project which will train approximately 4,000 new Mozambican learners in the area of natural resources. It will be carried out in partnership with Mozambique vocational and technical training institutions.
“Canada’s investment in the STEM project seeks to increase employment opportunities for young Mozambican women and men through skills training”, said Canadian High Commissioner, Shawn Barber. “By partnering with companies such as Anadarko, CICan can ensure that the training provided is relevant and takes into account the perspectives of the private sector.”
The program receives $18 million in funding from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and is managed by CICan in collaboration with the Government of Mozambique. It spans over six years and operates in two large provinces in Mozambique: Tete and Cabo Delgado.
Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and cégeps. Its members work with industry and community partners to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural, and remote communities across Canada. The association’s 12 international offices ensure its presence in 29 countries around the world.