Capacity Building in Mozambique-Bridging the Skills Gap
Project title: Mozambique Capacity Building
Timing: September 2014 – May 2016
Location: Mozambique, Africa
Client: PIREP (Mozambique)
Activity in Mozambique’s Mining, Oil and Gas sector has increased signifcantly in recent years. The Government of Mozambique commenced a program of TVET reform, PIREP (Programa Integrado da Reforma da Educacao Profssional), to address a lack of skills in the national workforce to respond to increased industry actvity, inspired by the Australian TVET system.
Mozambique’s natural resource wealth makes the nation attractive for investors, however the business environment remains challenging. Extractive companies face wide ranging issues including local content requirements and difficulties accessing a skilled local workforce.
The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade commissioned a signifcant capacity building project, to be delivered by SkillsDMC, to support the PIREP reform program.
SkillsDMC worked with PIREP and engaged with industry to develop a skills competency recognition framework. The priority was also to strengthen the capacity of PIREP staff to develop and maintain relevant Industry competencies and improve their engagement techniques beyond the life of the project.
The project delivered a skills competency recognition framework aligned to priority Mining, Oil and Gas Industry occupations as the first step towards building future local capacity. Mozambique’s technical vocational education and training (TEVET) authority is now in a position to develop units of competency and build qualifcations to support the training and assessment of the local workforces to meet Industry’s needs. The project has provided PIREP with the model, supporting tools and skills to develop and maintain skills standards for the Mining, Oil and Gas sectors to support Mozambique’s rapid economic development. In the long term the expected outcome is to transform the workforce safety landscape of Mozambique’s extractives Industry, ensuring a safe and competent workforce.