The project Skills for Youth in Mozambique, implemented by HELVETAS and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, represented by Steven Geiger, was launched today by the State Secretary of Nampula Province. The event was attended by the Provincial Social Affairs Service of Nampula, youth beneficiaries, vocational training institutes, universities, private sector and civil society.
"We have no doubt that our youth, men and women will be more motivated and encouraged to enroll in vocational training and capacity building programs," said Cachimo Raul, speaking on behalf of the State Secretariat of Nampula Province.
On the other hand, Steven Geiger stated "the development of skills and preparation for the labor market, especially of youth, is one of the highest priorities of the [Swiss Embassy] in Mozambique, as it allows men and women to increase the chances of finding employment opportunities or create a business and have a better source of income".
Skills for Youth in Mozambique aims to provide rural and peri-urban youth in Northern Mozambique with professional skills for their economic empowerment. The project focuses on promoting and improving (self) employment and income opportunities for youth (15 to 35 years), in equal gender proportion, by increasing access to market relevant skills and training, supporting their transition into the labor market, and contributing to policies that lead to their economic inclusion.