Vocational Training – Passport to the World of Work
Despite the impressive progress since the independence, the level of academic and vocational training in Mozambique remains low. Nearly 80% of the labor force has not completed the first level of primary education. Improving the access to and raising the quality of public and private vocational training is therefore one of the key objectives of the Government. A qualified workforce is essential in stimulating the country's development and economic growth.
The 3 ADPP Vocational Schools in Mozambique – 1 in Machava, Maputo Province, 1 in Nhamatanda, Sofala Province and 1 in Nacala, Nampula Province – contribute to this goal through providing students with the necessary technical-professional skills to enter the local labor market as employees or through their own income generation activities.
The ADPP Vocational Schools give training in the following areas: Agriculture & Livestock, Business Management, Civil Construction, Hospitality & Tourism and Community Instructor training. In addition to the technical-professional diploma, the graduates earn an equivalent of a 10th or a 12th grade Technical school diploma, depending on the School.
The Schools provide an intensive 2-year training program that includes both theoretical and practical studies. Internships in local companies and institutions are an integral part of the curriculum.
Given that the training is given in a boarding school setting, the ADPP Vocational School graduates acquire many valuable extra-curricular skills, including planning and implementing activities and taking personal responsibility over their success.
Since their establishment in 1984, altogether more then 7,000 students have graduated from the 3 ADPP Vocational Schools.
In addition to the Vocational Schools, the 4 ADPP CCDCs (Community Centers for Development of Competencies) have been offering short-term technical courses since 2013. The topics vary from sewing, painting and farming to selling of second hand clothes. The objective of the short courses is to increase the access to professional training, thereby facilitating the entry into the world of work. Over 1,000 young people and adults will be trained each year through these short-term courses.
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