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From left: Julio Quadros (it.com), Tony Abelho (ABB) and Jacinto Mutemba (Belutécnica). Photo: Supplied
This week, Beluluane Industrial Park and its internship partner JOBA hosted a round table meeting with key members from the private sector to discuss the need for creating more inclusive and sustained opportunities for Mozambicans, specifically the youth. The meeting was attended by industry leaders Antonio Abelho (ABB), Jacinto Mutemba (Belutécnica), Florival Mucave (CTA/White Pearl Resorts), Julio Quadros (it.com) and Luis Ferna (Casa do Agricultor).
Whilst the discussion drew attention to the challenges that employers face in recruiting and retaining talent, it also provided valuable insights into different kinds of interventions that these employers are using to improve the availability and quality of skills in the Mozambican labour market. In addition, Adrian Frey noted that the Beluluane JOPA Internship Programme is stimulating job creation beyond the norm. Frey said that the participating companies are responding to talent identified through the Beluluane JOBA internships to create jobs that didn’t exist before.
With an estimate of 500 000 young people entering the local labour market every year and employers battling to find the combination of skills they need, the round table agreed that there is a dire need to support conditions in which young people’s skills can flourish.
Following this meeting, JOBA will continue to engage employers in the design of innovative strategies for skills development that addresses employers’ needs. Beluluane Industrial Park and JOBA look forward to hosting future discussions with employers on sector-based approaches to skills, and jobs.
The Beluluane JOBA Internship Programme was established in 2018 and offers vocational training and practical experience to young graduates. In addition to its focus on empowering young Mozambicans with skills for employment and self-employment, the programme was created to address the needs of companies operating within the Beluluane Industrial Park. The Beluluane JOBA Internship Programme is funded by the UK Government.Source: Beluluane Industrial Park