Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP - 07)

A 3 year partnership between Shinyanga Vocational Training Centre (VTC) and two Canadian colleges, the College of New Caledonia (CNC) and College of the Rockies (COTR), both located in British Columbia. The project is designed to support Shinyanga VTC improve the quality of vocational training, strengthen linkages between employers and training programs, and establish new vocational programming in response to labour market intelligence.

The project is funded by the Global Affairs Canada and is administered by the Colleges and Institutes Canada.

Project duration: April 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2019.

Project components:

  • Institutional capacity building,
  • Curriculum review,
  • Gender equality,
  • Environmental sustainability, and
  • Entrepreneurship



ShyVTC is in an easily reachable vocational centre about 5 kilometers from Shinyanga along the Shinyanga-Tobora highway. It was formally known as National Vocational Training Centre and was under the Department of National Vocational Division under the parent Ministry of Labour. This was later transformed into VETA under the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT). ShyVTC is located in Shinyanga Municipality in the Shinyanga District and is home to over 850 students. The Centre occupies a large area of 96,700 square meters. The environment in the centre is conducive to learning. Each year, the centre trains over 418 students in various long programs (2 years) such as Truck Mechanics, Carpentry, Masonry, Electrical, and Secretarial, with 30 students graduating from the Truck Mechanics program. In addition, ShyVCT offers short courses training for Plant Operation to over 800 students and for Truck Mechanics to over 60 students yearly. The employability rate for the long courses indicates that half of the graduates find meaningful employment after completing their training.

ShyVCT mandate is to become a Centre of Excellence in the region by increasing the attractiveness of vocational education equally to female and male students and enhancing the employability of each student in close collaboration with employers.

College of the Rockies (COTR)

College of the Rockies (COTR) is a comprehensive, globally-engaged college in southeastern British Columbia that serves one of the largest extractive industries in Canada. COTR has a diverse offering of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement, and multidisciplinary academic programming. Noted for its commitment to international students and international project success, COTR has won several awards for the work in international projects and education. Over the past 10 years, COTR has sent over 200 students, interns, faculty, and staff around the world to work on projects and partnerships, including three Education for Employment (EFE) projects in Tanzania (2 completed, two in progress).

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