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Apprenticeship programme resumes after COVID-19 closure

International Labour Organization, Tanzania, 1 July 2020 - Over 200 youth from Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar have resumed with the Apprenticeship Programme in Hospitality after more than two months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National College of Tourism (NCT) campuses in the Mainland opened on 1 June 2020 while The State University of Zanzibar Institute of Tourism (SUZA IoT), opened its doors on 22 June after nationwide closures of all educational institutions on the 15 April 2020.

NCT Arusha campus manager Ms Kemirembe Kibogoyo says her top priority is making sure returning apprentices have adequate knowledge on COVID-19 prevention, sanitizers, and protective masks and there are wash stations at all locations. “The COVID protection training is not a once off training and we are repeating regular trainings to make sure all students are aware of the new regulations.”

The institutions’ roles in training the apprentices is emphasised as all apprentices have returned to the colleges instead of their hotel attachments were 75 per cent of training takes place. “The suspension of training disrupted the training calendar greatly. It occurred while some students were midway through their theory training at the college, but it also affected those who were in the middle of industry training at the hotels,” says Training Coordinator for the Dar es Salaam campus Mr Ongoso Mwita.



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