The Mozambican Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA) have signed ia contract-programme to implement a project to improve the model of professional training in Mozambique.

The contract-programme was signed here Monday by the general manager of the National Employment and Professional Training Institute (INEFP), Anastacio Chembeze, and the JICA representative in Mozambique, Katsuyoshi Sudo. Labour Minister Vitoria Diogo, and the Japanese ambassador, Akira Muzutani, witnessed the ceremony.

The project will be implemented from June and will last for four years to restructure the government’s professional training centres in Machava, in Maputo province, and in the northern city of Nampula.

The restructuring will involve upgrading the facilities, providing new equipment, updating the curriculum to cover training based on patterns of skills, and building the capacity of trainers and managers.

The project will also modernize administrative and educational procedures, to turn them into models which can later be adopted in the country’s other professional training centres.

The project is budgeted at six million US dollars, to be granted by the Japanese government.

It is expected that the professional training centres will be transformed through the development of the training programmes, the capacity building of trainers in Mozambique and in Brazil, and the acquisition of modern equipment in the areas of metalworking and construction.

Diogo said that when the project is implemented, about 3,000 students a year will be trained on the basis of new skills patterns aligned with the needs of Mozambican industry, in 27 professional courses. –