Maputo — The Mozambican Ministry of Labour and Maputo Municipal Council on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding for the training of young people, with the use of decentralized funds to finance local projects.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Labour Minister Helena Taipo said the main purpose of the agreement is to develop actions that promote employment and professional training.
“This consolidates a process which has been producing positive and encouraging results for a long time”, she said. She hoped there would be “deeper approaches to the areas identified, in order to improve the employability of young people in this city”.
The training will be carried out by the National Employment and Professional Training Institute (INEFP) in such areas as hotels and tourism, carpentry and plumbing.
Taipo said that the memorandum was intended to make a contribution to the Strategic Programme for the Reduction of Urban Poverty (PERPU), and to support the initiatives of municipal citizens, particularly young people.
She stressed that the government is rehabilitating and equipping training institutions such as the Maputo Centre for Professional Training in Electrical Engineering, as well as building entirely new institutions such as a professional training centre in the Maputo district of Catembe.
For his part, the mayor of Maputo, David Simango, recognised the importance of professional training as a strategy to promote employment. Though the memorandum, he said, attempts will be made to transfer know-how to young people.
Simango added that the memorandum is aimed at people looking for their first jobs, and should help give them professional skills that will be useful on the labour market.
“We hope that young people will apply for the training, and that it will be relevant for the goals that we propose”, he added.