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JOBA Team Leader Rosie Lugg and Beluluane Managing Director Adrian Frey signed a contract that will bring the first employer-led internship scheme to Mozambique. Photo: Supplied
More than 375 young Mozambicans will benefit from a new internship programme that aims to address the need for vocational training and better employment opportunities amongst the youth, especially women. Beluluane Industrial Park and the JOBA Programme have partnered to empower work-ready youth in the Maputo Province of Mozambique.
Funded by the UK Government, the internship programme will respond to the specific demand from existing companies situated in the Beluluane Industrial Park and Free-trade Zone. The programme will establish an effective link between local training providers and park tenants. It will address the growing need for a more robust labour market and better-prepared work force that is equipped to meet the demands of the developing Mozambican economy.
With its main objective to improve the employability of young Mozambicans, the internship programme will place a strong focus on empowering young women with skills for employment and self-employment. Candidates will receive work-readiness training prior to their internships to introduce work ethics, communication, basic functional English, first aid, and health and safety skills. The programme is also designed to equip trainees with soft skills in CV writing, interview skills and job search techniques.
Participants will receive on-the-job training linked to their field of study, which will increase their chances of employment upon graduation. Beluluane Industrial Park will act as an intermediary to provide a value-added service by establishing links between companies, local training providers and their graduates, thus ensuring that companies do not have to worry about the bureaucratic and legal aspects of internships and training.
Commenting on the impact of the project, Regina Diomba, wife of Maputo Province Governor Raimundo Diomba said: “The growth of our economy is dependent on the ability to offer high quality training – especially to young women. This project will make a real difference to the lives of our people. By empowering them with critical skills, the programme will improve the quality of our local workforce.”
Dr. Rosie Lugg, Team Leader from JOBA, added: “This is a great opportunity for young graduates and particularly girls and young women from local training providers in the Boane and Matola region to gain access to an international standards internship programme. It will provide a valuable bridge to full-time employment for young people. The success of this project will present a blueprint that could be implemented in other locations and on a national scale.”
Beluluane Industrial Park Managing Director, Adrian Frey also commented: “It is the first time that an internship programme has been designed from an employer perspective. Our goal is to facilitate better opportunities for employers, as it will ensure a steady source of skilled-entry-level employees, whilst uplifting our communities. We are pleased to be part of this project, which is in line with our corporate social responsibility policy and vision to employ 50 000 industrial workers by 2030.”
Beluluane Industrial Park
The Beluluane Industrial Park was created in 2000 as a public-private partnership in Maputo Province’s Boane district. It is Mozambique’s largest industrial park, and was established with a free trade zone component as a way of stimulating economic growth in the country. It currently houses 35 enterprises and employs more than 5,000 workers.
As a socially responsible entity, Beluluane Industrial Park has developed strategic actions to support the community in various sectors of activity and meet the needs of residents across the province. Visit their website: www.beluluane.co.mz
The JOBA programme is funded by the UK Government. It aims to build constructive partnerships between non-state technical and vocational education and training providers and the private sector, supporting an inclusive and sustained approach to skills development. JOBA’s primary goal is to ensure more young people – especially women and adolescent girls – acquire marketable skills. This will be achieved by creating improved access to quality, affordable and market-relevant non-state skills training and employment services. Beneficiaries will be able to achieve employment or self-employment, thus increasing their income. Visit their website: www.jobamoz.org
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK Government’s work to end extreme poverty. Find out more at www.gov.uk/dfid. Follow us on Twitter @DFID_Moz and @UKinMozambique.Source: Beluluane Industrial Park / Press release
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