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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

  • 9 new or enhanced long programs approved to promote technical and vocational careers
  • Over 1,200 (20% female) Tanzanian students will receive training to find employment in the tourism or extractive sectors.
  • Over 220 (20% female) instructors and administrators at TVET institutions trained to better deliver new programs
  • Over 60 (20% female) leaders and managers trained to help shape Tanzania’s TVET system
  • The program runs from 2014 through 2020.
  • Students who do not meet minimum requirements have access to guidance and bridging programs.
  • ISTEP contributes to Tanzania’s TVET policy vision: a TVET system that serves as the driving force for a productive and competitive workforce capable of contributing to socio-economic development of Tanzania.
  • Ultimate outcome: Increased gainful employment, including self-employment, of graduates (male/female) from skills for employment programs.

Funded By

ISTEP is a six-year (2014-2020) $13,000,000 CDN program funded by the Government of Canada through the Global Affairs Canada.