Aike Mapuli, Emmanuel Chagu, Herman Tenga
Strengthen alignment between employers' needs and youths' skills; and prepare young people for the job market
The FinScope Tanzania 2017 study shows that Tanzania has one of the world's youngest populations, with 46% of the population under 15 years old. 53.3% of the unemployed population are youth. There are also unique situations where jobs are available and unfilled. In 2014, 230,515 new employees were recruited in Tanzania. However, 174,149 vacancies remained unfilled.A further analysis of Tanzania's recruitment data trends shows limited information sharing platforms where employers/employees can interface. The market has recruitment agencies, like Radar and Manpower, which operate commercially and only focus on few privileged, skilled candidates, often leaving behind a mass of unskilled job seekers who could be further empowered.We believe that this gap can be remedied by developing a platform that aligns employee and employer needs. We are developing a web-based networking platform that will seek to understand employment trends, employer requirements, list jobs available by sector, and also note popular qualifications and skills lacking in the public and private sector. This aims to show job seekers available opportunities and what employers are seeking in terms of education/skills.It will also allow peer to peer (employer) interaction where peers can discuss trends in their various industries and sectors, share knowledge (published articles, thought leadership papers etc.), and allow internships, job shadowing and mentoring opportunities with industry leaders.Lastly, we will seek to provide vocational training content where interested participants can study certain soft skills and perfect their skill set. We will seek accreditation from the relevant authority.