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Dual Apprenticeship Training at VETA
One of the main goals of Tanzania is to become a middle income country by 2025. For this reason skilled workforce is a key factor and the main goal is to preparing young skilled people for the needs of the labour market.
VETA takes a leading role in the implementation of a “market-based vocational training”. For this reason VETA and the Hamburg Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Business, working together to implement the dual apprenticeship training in Tanzania. This system creates a skilled labour force, and providing young people easier access to the local labour market because they fullfill the needs of the economy.
The Dual Apprenticeship Training System is a kind of vocational training which combining the needs of the labour market, the on-the-job training in the company and on the other hand the institution-based learning.
How does it function?
The dual system is comprised of alternating On-the-job and Off-the-job training periods. While the training in the workshops of VETA the apprentices learn the basic, predominantly practical skills from special trained teacher. All teacher having behind the theoretical knowledge a good based practical knowledge, they are specially trained for the dual system apprenticeship training.
While the On- the- job training in the company, the apprentices learn the real working environment as an employee at their company and they will be trained to the required competencies of the company.
Since 2011 a resident consultant from the Handwerkskammer Hamburg is providing managerial and technical know-how to help VETA set up a Dual Apprenticeship Training System in Auto-mechanics and Electrical in Dar es Salaam, and also Hospitality in Moshi.
Newly renovated training facilities at VETA have been designed to offer an adequate training environment for the apprentices to learn their skills hands-on.
During special workshops with representatives of the industries, tailor made training programs have been designed to suit the needs of the local industries.
Pilot Project/Initial Phases
A prolonged period of piloting has been necessary to thoroughly analyze the format and structure of the Dual Apprenticeship System in the local context and to assure sustainability. Therefore, the initial phases of this new course were set up as a pilot project to allow for later expansion after all necessary trials and adjustments have been completed. Training began in May 2013 in Dar es Salaam, with 16 apprentices each in auto mechanics and electrical installation. A month later, in June 2013 training began in Moshi RVTSC with 16 apprentices in hospitality. Meanwhile, VETA implemented a Unit in the structure by VETA to ensure the quality of the training and established a committee which ensures that the needs of the industry will meet. The participants of the committee are amongst other things ATE, VETA and other representatives of the industry. The 4. Batch with 25 apprentices per sector have been started in January 2018.