IN preparations for Tanzania’s much anticipated mid-income economy in the industrialisation drive, the government is committed to ensuring that in every Financial Year (FY), it is allocating 15bn/- for skills development, legislators were told here yesterday.
In the remark, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Policy, Parliament Affairs, Labour, Employment, Youth and the Disabled, Jenister Mhagama said in 2014/2015, the government conducted a comprehensive research in two major areas including human resource.
“We also conducted a research on the priority sectors outlined in the country’s development plan that can lead the country to the envisioned industrial economy,” she added.
Ms Mhagama made the remark while responding to a supplementary question fielded to her ministry by Tumbatu Member of Parliament (MP-CCM), Juma Hija who wanted to know the government’s stance on the strategies it was putting in place to have enough human capital as country gears into industrialisation drive.
However, the Deputy Minister for Industries, Trade and Investment, Engineer Stella Manyanya said the government via the Prime Minister’s Office had prepared a special national programme for skills development on the priorities sectors.
“This programme is being implemented on a tripartite model involving the government employees’ Unions or Private sector and Trade Unions,” she said.
Eng Manyanya said the implementation of the programme kicked off in 2015/2016 through apprenticeship, recognition of prior learning skills (RPL), internship and skills updating.
According to her, in the Isles, through Entrepreneurship Incubation Centre under the Ministry of Labour, people with disabilities have also been receiving training, adding that the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) also provided 206m/- to establish the Centre that has so far provided training to 875 entrepreneurs.