Vocational training for youth

Funding required: $19,370

Beneficiaries: 23 youth

Completion date: July 2023

Country: Tanzania

Executive summary

Youth in Tanzania play a critical role in supplementing their household income and in the economic growth of their nation. But this age group faces the highest level of unemployment. Every year, about 800,000 young men and women enter a labour market generating only 50,000 to 60,000 new jobs.

A host of reasons contribute to the high youth unemployment rate in Tanzania. Many young men and women complete their formal education without any relevant vocational skills to contend in the competitive job market or establish their own businesses. Without specific job skills or work experience, youth are not competent enough to become employed or self-employed in today’s labour market.

Local churches in Tanzania care deeply about the youth in their communities; they long to see them become fulfilled Christian adults who can provide for their families and break the cycle of poverty. Three church partners have plans to create opportunities for 23 high-potential young people to complete apprenticeships and vocational training, so they are capable and confident enough to enter the labour market as skilled workers. Supplementing formal education with livelihood vocational training will enable youth to become self-employed or find gainful employment.

With your partnership, Compassion centre TZ0814 in Singida, Tanzania, will set up apprenticeships for eight youth to gain experience in their field of education, participate in entrepreneurship training and provide them with initial capital to launch their small businesses. These eight young people have already completed their livelihood skills training in tailoring, carpentry, welding and computers—but they lack concrete job skills and start-up capital to actually become employed. Likewise, Compassion centres TZ0804 in Namanga and TZ0503 in Olmotonyi aim to provide vocational skills training for 15 young people as the foundation for their future employment. These students have expressed interest in learning employable trades like aluminum fabrication, auto electric fabrication, auto mechanics, tailoring and designing—but neither their families nor churches can afford the school fees.

When industrious young men and women are given the right tools and opportunities to succeed, they can overcome poverty as they establish careers and become change-makers in their communities and churches. Your investment in hands-on education training for 23 youth will change their lives, their families’ lives and all who follow in their footsteps.



The government of Tanzania finances university-level education for students, but vocational and technical training remains the sole responsibility of caregivers. Given the diversity of students in Compassion’s child development program, vocational training is a much better fit for many youth. Unfortunately, their educational pursuits do not qualify for government education grants and their caregivers can’t afford the fees.

Church partners in the Namanga and Olmotonyi areas of Tanzania serve more than 2,400 beneficiaries—38 per cent of whom are in university, college or technical programs. But nearly 65 per cent of these students are in educational levels for which the government does not provide free education. Churches are spending a large portion of their support fund to cover beneficiary technical education fees. In the past year, church partners have shared education costs with caregivers, but this system became untenable when caregivers couldn’t afford their portion—students were dropping of school and losing motivation. Local church partners need help to ensure youth are given these critical skills-training opportunities, so they are fully prepared to launch into adulthood.

The need

High rates of unemployment in Tanzania and an extremely competitive job market make it difficult for qualified young people in Tanzania to get jobs. While government financial assistance is available to those pursuing college and university education, there is no such funding for those choosing vocational or trade schools. Those who do complete vocational school don’t have the work experience they need to find jobs. Disheartened, many youth end up dropping out or postponing their schooling.

Your gift will help tackle the huge youth unemployment crisis in Tanzania by equipping 23 young people with hands-on experience and livelihood skills. Eight students with qualified skills will complete apprenticeships in their fields and will receive start-up funding and training to launch their own small businesses. Another 15 students will receive funding to complete vocational and technical training in their desired area of study. This will give young men and women a competitive edge as they apply for good jobs, as well as the confidence to do their work with excellence so they can grow in their careers and become economically self-sufficient.

What your gift will do

Your gift will create technical training and apprenticeship opportunities for youth:

  • Apprenticeship fees and materials for 8 youth
  • Entrepreneurship training for 15 youth
  • Start-up capital and materials for 8 youth to launch small businesses
  • Vocational and technical training fees for 15 youth
  • Transportation for students


  • Local contribution:US$85.95
  • Handling of funds: Compassion Tanzania will ensure this intervention remains within budget.
  • Monitoring and follow-up: Compassion’s church partners in Singida, Namanga and Olmotonyi will closely monitor the students’ learning and progress as they complete their training and apprenticeships and will provide ongoing support as they enter the workplace.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.