ILO joins the Institute of Accountancy Arusha for a mid-term evaluation of apprenticeship programmes

The institute visited 213 apprentices at their industry attachments in two of the country's leading banking and insurance companies.

Press release | 24 March 2022

Dar es Salaam. On 24 March 2022, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) participated in a four-day workshop in Arusha to review the implementation of the new apprenticeship programmes in banking and finance, insurance and risk management, delivered by the Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA).

The mid-term evaluation process included various activities such as meeting partners of the apprenticeship programmes and visits of the 213 apprentices who were participating in their on-the-job training at the Tanzania Commercial Bank (TCB) and the National Insurance Corporation (NIC). The objective of this process was to critically review the programmes’ delivery, quality and progress and draft recommendations to guide their implementation.

The apprentices are part of Tanzania's first bachelor's degree-level apprenticeship programmes in banking and finance, insurance and risk management, launched in 2021 by IAA, with support from the ILO. Over a three-year training period, apprentices will spend 14 months in on-the-job training.

The review process has shown that the programme is successfully preparing the 213 apprentices to compete in the labour market by providing them, in addition to the theoretical training, with vocational and relevant skills and experience in their respective sectors.

IAA Quality Assurance and Control Manager, Mr. Catholic Sumuni, said the monitoring visits were key to assessing progress as well as the apprenticeship programmes delivery. They are a major requirement of formal apprenticeship programmes as indicated in Tanzania’s National Apprenticeship Guidelines, developed jointly by the Government of Tanzania and the ILO.

Industry visits help to identify high and low points of on-the-job training and monitor the interactions between apprentices and their supervisors. Each apprentice is placed under the supervision of a certified industry supervisor, who attended the training of trainers (TOT) workshop on quality apprenticeship, organised and facilitated by IAA and ILO in August 2021.

Mr. Catholic said the feedback received from industry partners, TCB and NIC, has confirmed that work-based learning programme could benefit employers:

“The feedback from the industry partners is positive, as they are happy to have an increased workforce and they support apprentices as the best way to produce experienced and confident graduates.”

The IAA has been reaching out to potential industry partners to raise awareness of the benefits of apprenticeship programs, including in the banking and insurance sectors. More banking and insurance companies are now following suit and IAA is in the process of finalising a partnership with two of Tanzania’s largest banks to join the apprenticeship programmes. However, while some potential industrial partners are interested in joining these programs, others are reluctant due to the perceived cost of training apprentices. The ILO promotes Quality Apprenticeships since they not only help young people to move into decent jobs but also industry to find the workers they need for the future.

The ILO supports IAA’s apprenticeship programmes, through the Global Programme on Skills and Lifelong Learning (GPSL3) in Tanzania, which is financially supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).