300 people in different job positions this year will be employed by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) to strengthen its operations. TRA Commissioner General Alphayo Kidata said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the authority had requested to employ 500 people this year but the government gave them the green light to employ 300 people.
Commissioner General Alphayo Kidata
“The 200 people who excelled in job interviews recently will today (yesterday) start the Graduate Training Programme (GTP),” said the TRA boss at an official launching of the second batch of the induction.

According to the TRA chief, the 200 new potential employees will undergo the one-year programme at the Institute of Tax Administration (ITA) after which all best performers will be employed.

“The programme’s participants will spendnine months in class and three months on practical attachment in different TRA departments. Those who will underperform poorly during the course will be left out,” said Mr Kidata, who was the guest of honour at the event. ITA Rector Professor Isaya Jairo said GTP was a mandatory course to all new TRA recruits who have graduated from various training institutions.

“This course is not only mandatory. Passing the examinations and other forms of assessment during Semester I, Semester II and during the practical attachment at the end of it all is prerequisite for being employed by TRA,” he said.

Prof Jairo pointed out the main goal of the GTP was to impart recruited graduate staff with appropriate customs and taxation knowledge, skills, attitude and capacity to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.

“The programme is developed to guide both instructors and learners in acquisition of intended knowledge, skills and attitudes,” said the ITA Rector. Prof Jairo said East African Community (EAC) has synchronised curricula for GTP, pointing out that the curricula was developed by ITA.

“ITA worked on the EAC curricula and submitted it to the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), who accredited the curricular,” he noted.
Acting TRA Director of Human Resources and Administration, Mr Victor Kimaro, said GTP was not only placing the course participants into perspective within revenue environment, but also equipping them sufficiently to effectively function as tax officers.

“The successful completion of the GTP programme will assure whether or not employment with TRA is confirmed,” he stressed.
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