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The training of the first 120 young people of a total of 2,500 intended for the gas industries in Cabo Delgado started yesterday at the Alberto Cassimo Institute for Professional Training and Labour Studies (IFPELAC) in Pemba.
This training takes place within the scope of the memorandum of understanding recently signed between the Secretariat of State for Youth and Employment, through IFPELAC, and TotalEnergies EP Mozambique Area 1 Limitada, operator of the Mozambique liquid natural gas (LNG) project.
According to a statement from TotalEnergies, of the 120 young people currently in training, 48 are from Palma, 48 from Mocímboa da Praia and 24 are from the city of Pemba, all displaced and being hosted in families. In this first group, gender parity was achieved.
The first courses, which will last from three to six months will train electricians, carpenters, bricklayers, plumbers, painters and welders.
Director General of IFPELAC, Leo Elias Jamal, said: “We are happy to see start these vocational courses for young people from Pemba, but also displaced young people from Mocímboa da Praia and Palma, who were forced to leave their areas of origin by terrorist attacks. We, as the government of Mozambique, hope that these training actions will give our young people quick access to the job market wherever opportunities present themselves, whether in terms of self-employment, or engagement with institutions or private companies. We want to feel this connection between young people trained in our Training Centres and a satisfied productive sector.”
Replying, Leonardo Nhavoto, local content manager at TotalEnergies, stated: “We want to contribute to the sustainable development of Mozambique. These training courses are part of our CapacitaMoz initiative, which aims, among other things, to contribute to the training and inclusion of young Mozambicans in the job market. We want to contribute to training young people not only for the Mozambique LNG project, but also for other projects and areas equally important for the development of the country in general, and Cabo Delgado in particular.”
Atija Jamaldine, a student on the electricity course, said: “I have always liked electricity, I want to learn about it, so I want to make the most of this opportunity. If conditions allow, when I finish the course, I would like to return to Mocímboa da Praia, which I left because of the security situation.”
In turn, Castelino Macassar, a carpentry student, said: “This course will be very useful for me. After completing the course, I would like to return to Palma, to work in a company there.”
All young people who successfully complete their training will receive a toolkit as a basis for self-employment. In addition, to further support sustainable development, the best students will benefit from training in business project design and implementation, including financing and monitoring components.