JOBA, implementing the Skills for Employment programme (S4E) funded by DFID, focused on the development of a more robust labour market and a better prepared work force that is ready to meet the demands of a modern Mozambican economy.

Mozambique is one of the most dynamic economies and has one of the highest levels of sustained economic growth in Africa.  However this growth has been restricted by a lack of adequate technical and vocational skills in the local labour market.  One of the top 5 constraints of doing business in Mozambique is the inadequately educated / trained work force.  This has led to skilled labour often being imported from abroad.

The JOBA programme is targeting the improvement of the training market to overcome the mismatch between the supply and demand of labour.  JOBA aims to build constructive partnerships between non-state technical and vocational education and training (TVET) providers, the private sector, and the Mozambican government, supporting an inclusive approach to job creation.

The programme is divided into 3 clear components:

  • Component 1: Employment Fund, mid 2016 augmented by a Training for Resilience (T4R) component
  • Component 2: Building a national association of non-state training providers
  • Component 3: Technical Assistance for the Government of Mozambique

The focus of the JOBA programme is to ensure more young people acquire marketable skills, leading to self-employment or employment and a higher income, especially women and adolescent girls.

The main aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide skills training to youth, especially women and adolescent girls through non-state training providers
  • Provide wrap around services to the target groups to support employment and encourage self-employment
  • Support innovative models of training with linkages to employment

Improve the capacity of grantees to deliver quality training programmes with wrap-around services to facilitate (self-) employment.