Skills for Employment and Productivity in Low-Income Countries

The project main objective is to improve the access of persons from local communities to training and to opportunities to turn that training into productive livelihoods

It aims to reach a broader base of job creation, along the value chains in the extractive industry, through an accelerated development of human capital, focusing on the most vulnerable groups, especially young people and women. The project places a large emphasis in the acquisition of skills for employability and in supporting services to the development of SMEs. The project is going to be implemented using the ILO methodology TREE (Training for Rural Economic Empowerment) and in partnership with government institutions. This will create the necessary technical capability for continuity after the end of the program. To provide strategic direction and coordination of the activities of this project, a Steering Committee composed by representatives of the Mozambican Government, the United Nations and the social partners would be created.


Outcome 1 – Increased capacity of the National Institute for Employment and Vocational Training (INEFP) institutes and rural community groups to identify livelihood opportunities, develop appropriate training programmes and provide post-training support to community and small-scale enterprises.

Outcome 2 – Improved delivery of demand-oriented training and post-training support by public and private training providers in rural, informal economies.

Outcome 3 – Increased collection and use of project information and national data on skill indicators

Key Activities

The project is going to base its interventions in 4 main areas:

Capacity Building – training for national and provincial officials and establishment of governance mechanisms to implement the TREE; development of benchmarking and Implementing Agency: International Labour Organization (ILO) Implementing Partners (Central Level): Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security/INEFP (National Institute for Employment and Vocational Training). The project depends also on a close partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security Geographical location (provinces): Cabo Delgado Available Funds: US$ 1.52M – funded by KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) Duration: 36 months (30/12/2014 – 30/08/2017) Beneficiaries: 1,000 unemployed or underemployed young women and men (50% women) from rural and semi-urban areas facing decent work deficit will receive training, from which 700 will secure wage – or self-employment on the basis of training received. Monitoring tool for TREE beneficiary communities and individuals; based on the benchmarking and information management system.

Technical and Vocational Training
– Developing training proposals; defining training materials and supports, and training of trainers in selected industry or occupations; identification of local public and private training providers and assessment of their capabilities to deliver appropriate training in the identified economic opportunities; identification of public and private business service providers and to provide entrepreneurship training; tracer studies on TREE graduates.