In the north of the country, specifically in the provinces of Nampula, Cabo Delgado and Niassa, the marginalization of young people of working age combined with limited access to training opportunities and benefits from mineral resources, contribute to the exclusion of the population and worsening poverty. This situation deepens social inequalities - a fuel for social instability and an obstacle to development efforts.
It is in this context that HELVETAS Mozambique is implementing the project HOJE (Skills plus Opportunity results in Youth with Employment) since 2020, aiming to engage and develop skills of young people, based on know-how, in sectors with great economic potential. Young people are trained through two approaches, namely, short-term training (six months) offered by official training institutes and through the Cooperative Groups, consisting of 5 people) where they learn different skills such as metalworking, tailoring, carpentry, among others, under the instruction of a master (an experienced person in the area), who in addition to training should guide them towards employability or entrepreneurial initiatives.
Ali Massaite, 17 years old, is one of the beneficiaries of this project and was integrated in one of the Cooperative Groups. He has only 5th grade. Writing and numeracy difficulties are evident in his life and HELVETAS' approach focused on know-how proved to be adequate for him to learn metalworking in Vila Sede de Nametil, Mogovolas district, in Nampula province. In the first person he tells how his life changed after the training.
Although Ali Massaite was trained in a low income workshop and with the use of hand tools, his current employer - Manuel Amisse, recognizes his qualities and potential.
Artisans and students in exchange for skills development
Five young people trained by the Instituto Polivalente de Marrere (IPOMA), Nampula province, were trainees in the workshop of master Manuel Amisse for two months. The young people participated in the short course having 10th grade of primary school (minimum requirement) with the objective of acquiring practical skills (know-how) and theoretical and practical knowledge about metalworking. The course was given by qualified trainers and with the use of technologically advanced equipment and machines. During the training at the institute, the young people were prepared to work in industrial and small metalworking shops.