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Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP)

The Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP) is a six-year program that strengthens skills development in Tanzania. ISTEP is helping technical and vocational training institutions deliver skills training that will allow students to find or create employment in the tourism and extractive sectors.

The Tanzania Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST), lead regulatory bodies: the Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) and the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) and employer associations have partnered with CICan to implement this six-year subsidiary of the successful Education for Employment (EFE) programs.

Expanding Education for Employment

Drawing on CICan’s expertise and experience in skills education, ISTEP is connecting Canadian institutions with Tanzanian technical and vocational institutions to develop demand-driven, competency-based programs. Students are gaining the skills needed to work with large-scale extractive or tourism operations or as entrepreneurs who can create small or medium-sized businesses that benefit them personally as well as the local economy. The partnerships forged between Canadian and Tanzanian training institutions also support leadership and management development and teacher training, which strengthen the capacity of the institutions to respond to the needs of students, industry and communities.

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

Fast Facts

  • 10 long programs, 32 short courses and 2 pre-technology programs developed and delivered to promote technical and vocational careers
  • 3,152 students (2,529 male /623 female) enrolled in long programs, short courses and pre-technology programs
  • 346 (263 male / 83 female) graduated from long programs
  • 2,202 students (1,789 male / 413 female) graduated from short courses
  • 225 (188 male / 37 female) graduated from pre-technology programs
  • 431 (341 male / 90 female) leaders, administrators and teachers received skills training
  • 125 (100 male / 25 female) leaders, administrators and teachers received leadership training
  • 158 new private sector companies and training institutions engaged in program development

Funded By

ISTEP is a six-year (2014-2020) CAD$13M program funded by the Government of Canada through the Global Affairs Canada.

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
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