Press Release (English Version): GenEm Launch at The University of Dodoma (UDOM) Press Release (English Version): GenEm Launch at The University of Dodoma (UDOM)
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Dodoma, November 4th, 2022, The University of Dodoma (UDOM) and Empower Limited have announced an official partnership aligned to the Tanzania economic transformation agenda and investment in human development. The partnership is a continuation of Empower’s efforts to enhance synergy between Academic Institutions and the corporate world, through effective coordination and implementation of a 21st Century Skills Development Programme for youth across the country and particularly university students over the next 5 years called Generation Empower (GenEm).

Empower is a dynamic youth-led organization, that wholeheartedly believes in the power of young people in shaping our future when supported with the right opportunities. Empower believes young leaders can deliver impactful and transformative ideas that bring new ways of thinking and an energetic approach to problem-solving. For more than 13 years Empower has been standing as a link between youth and the corporate world in Tanzania. Driven by its passion to unite, excite and nurture people for collective growth Empower has implemented numerous engagement activities to upskill, change mindsets, and inspire a growth mindset amongst youth in Tanzania.

Generation Empower (GenEm) is a movement founded by Empower with a passion and drive to make an impact in young people’s lives. It was launched in September 2020 in partnership with the University of Dar es Salaam by the Chancellor and former President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. And most recently it was also launched at St. Augustine university of Tanzania (SAUT) Mwanza on the 31st October 2022. The vision of the programme is to be an aggregator for youth in Tanzania by bringing together both public and private sector players with a shared vision to inspire youth for collective growth. The mission of the programme is to transform mindsets across the country and prepare young people for a competitive future and create a generation of problem solvers.

The Generation Empower movement directly addresses the challenges faced by thousands of unemployed Tanzanian graduates by providing an opportunity to increase their employability & boost entrepreneurial skills, whilst simultaneously providing companies the opportunity to engage, influence, and hire ‘work-ready’ youth who are going to be impactful future leaders.

GenEm is being facilitated by Empower’s Youth Department in collaboration with the university. While Empower is the main sponsor of the programme so far, the programme is also being supported by contributions made by different corporate partners. Generation Empower cohort 3 partners include Zululands Engineering Works, Yellow Card, Green Resources, and Kilombero Valley Teak Company. Their contribution has enabled the programme to expand and have a wider reach.

The programme had its first cohort in 2020 with 250 students from the University of Dar es Salaam who successfully went through a year of training to acquire 21st Century Skills and industry exposure through engagement with different programme stakeholders. The following cohort took 500 students and together for two years the programme has a total of 750 GenEm alumni and engaged 5000+ youth through different engagement activities. Throughout the programme students are supported with finding the right jobs as well as entrepreneurship support such as access to funding opportunities, mentorship, and coaching.

Our partnership with UDOM is a result of efforts to scale up Generation Empower to maximize the impact and widen the reach of the programme. It is going to be a hybrid nationwide mindset transformation programme that will bring together youth from different universities across the country to learn and engage with each other and industry experts from the corporate world. Through this partnership with the University of Dodoma, we will be hosting the third cohort and target to impact 2000+ students across the university from varying disciplines; allowing for a diverse and inclusive strategy for sustainable skills development and 5000+ students across the country.

Empower’s approach to learning and development is participatory and practical in nature – GenEm participants will take part in interactive workshops, tutorials, and fireside chats with industry leaders, culminating in a final group project.

UDOM and Empower call upon youth across the country and particularly at the university to join the programme. We also welcome participation in GenEm from all stakeholders including the private sector, policymakers, and donor partners to catalyse efforts toward providing skills development through a public-private partnership (PPP) model. This is the first programme launched in Tanzania with this unique approach; aligning the educational content of the university to industry requirements through customized modules developed and facilitated by Empower and validated by the university.

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Empower is a vibrant, Tanzanian Human Capital Consulting Firm that exists to unite, excite, and nurture people for collective growth. With a global reach and local presence, Empower is the market-leader for recruitment & outsourced services, learning & development, employee engagement, strategic insight and youth impact projects. Our brand is our voice, and our values are our heart. Since 2009, Empower has stayed true to our values. That is the secret to our team success and how we make incredible things happen. Contact Talent | Advisory | Insight | Youth | Brand.

The University is located about 8 km east of the city centre, and is accessible by public transport, which is easily available from the city centre. Given the central location of Dodoma, UDOM is strategically positioned to serve applicants around the country and specifically Government and private sector employees living in Dodoma, who hitherto could not find training opportunities in the area. Such employees can comfortably utilise UDOM to combine work and study for their career advancement. Additionally, the geographical location and Dodoma weather render UDOM a convenient place for international students. 

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