Once completing the Foundation and ISC Programmes, we continue to support the youth through our Outplacement Programme. We provide mentoring, support, and scholarships to ensure that our youth have the best chance to complete their studies. Depending on students’ academic performance, skills and career choice, we support them through either vocational training, college, or university.
Tertiary education is becoming increasingly important in Tanzania, as in much of the rest of the world. Whether you are going to be in the service or tourism industry, successful completion of tertiary studies is rapidly becoming a prerequisite to finding employment.
Hospitality and tourism are popular choices for our youth, due to the high numbers of tourism opportunities in Arusha and Tanzania as a whole.
Umoja partners with a select number of educational institutions who offer the quality of education and pastoral care our youth need for success. Some of our current partners include:
- Tropical Institute
- University of Dodoma
- Open University of Tanzania
- Jomo Kenyatta University
- Arusha Teachers College
- Arusha Technical College
- Makumira University
- Arusha Modern Secondary School
- Arusha Institute of Accountancy
Our Outplacement Programme is funded entirely by a network of generous sponsors. The programme is only offered to our youth once we have been able to find them an international sponsor to assist with the fees involved. This approach improves the sustainability of the programme and encourages our youth to remain motivated and committed to their education. We select the most dedicated programme participants to become part of this programme first.
We have an open-door policy for our youth to return to Umoja whilst they are studying at another institution. Outplacement youth can return to Umoja to seek guidance and support or to use the IT lab and library. Throughout their studies our full-time Outplacement Coordinator visits each youth in their institutions to review their progress and overall well-being.
Steps into Employment
Once our youth have successfully completed their Outplacement training we provide job seeking skills training and mentoring until they find a job. This includes interview skills, CV writing, and job search assistance and advice. We also provide our youth with the clothes they need for interviews or to start their new careers. We aim to slowly transition our youth towards independence from the Umoja programme during these final stages.