TVET works to ensure quality education for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups by improving the employability of poor out of school young youth and women into productive and decent work, and increase the productivity of enterprises through better quality and relevant training. SEMA focuses on expanding access to employment-related training for the Youth in rural communities in order to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty, and equip youth to work in the formal economy by providing them with an integrated Community-oriented (Informal) vocational education and life skills training in different skills or trades, including hairdressing, tailoring, motor vehicle mechanics, carpentry, electronics, welding, poultry keeping, Beekeeping, Horticulture farming, baking and catering services, etc, also formal Technical and Vocational Education and training are offered, offered course at SEMA Vocational Training Centre (VTC) are Auto-electrical (Level I, II and III), Domestic Electrical installation (Level I and II) and Motor – vehicle mechanics (Level I, II and III).

Community vocational skills training

The number of young people in East Africa who have missed the opportunity of primary and secondary school is at 18 million. Many such live without having acquired relevant skills such as literacy and numeracy, communication and critical thinking needed for the workplace. Our Response SFEA Community Based Vocational Skills Program is anchored on a mentorship model where young people are not only mentored in technical skills but also business, customer relations, and problem-solving skills as they undergo vocational skills training by one of the senior locals in different trades in their communities.

Learners are attached to competent local artisans and are equipped with occupational skills in areas like carpentry, metal fabrication and welding, bricklaying and concrete practice, tailoring, catering, bakery, hairdressing, motor vehicle mechanics, soap making, knitting, and weaving as well as agro-based value addition skills. The aim is to rebate the high unemployment rate among youth in rural hard to reach areas of East Africa.

SEMA in partnership with Stromme Foundation East Africa is currently implementing community vocational skills training at Singida Region in the ward of Mughamo, Kinyagigi, Kijota and Mtinko in Singida Dc and Mbelekese, Ndago, Mgongo and Ntwike at Iramba Dc.

The project aims to empower youth under privilege through imparting them with different technical skills like tailoring, knitting, poultry, horticulture, fish farming, and food processing. We focus on youth aged 15-35 in which they are being trained in their local area starting with two weeks of training up to six months depending on the trade selected.

The implementation started in 2014 up to date whereby 55 groups were formed and 910 youth were trained in which 385 male and 525 female. 


  • To equip youth with vocational skills and support skills development and use to improve livelihood through creating self-employment abilities

  • To create sustainable learning opportunities that nurture youth empowerment and socio-economic inclusion

  • To empower youth to establish viable income-generating projects (poverty alleviation


OYE aimed at stimulating employment opportunities for youth along high potential agricultural value chains for crops and livestock, renewable energy value chains through skills development and connecting youth to potentially interesting employment opportunities as employees and entrepreneurs for improving their livelihood.