Leaders from Isingiro district have come together to embark on to sensitize youth and community on job creation through skilling Uganda and vocational skills as a way to combating household poverty and increasing household incomes.
The state minister in charge of veterans, Lt Col (Rtd). Bright Rwamirama said that there is need for the parents to provide tools to the skilled Ugandans to enable them to put into use the skills acquired from various institutions of learning and be able to create jobs and gainful empleoyment.
Lt Col Rwamirama was speaking as the chief guest at the launching of the skilling Uganda project in Isingiro district, where youth from different counties of Isingiro District participated and acquired skills in various skilling programs.
Rwamirama said the Development Objective of the skilling Uganda program was initially to enhance the capacity of institutions to deliver high-quality, demand-driven training programs in target sectors. The target sectors are construction, manufacturing and Agriculture and the strategic Purpose is to support the design of the initial set of reforms that will set the foundation for transforming skills development in the country. It aims at creating a scalable model for high quality vocational and technical training which is linked to labour market needs for specific sectors.
He however said the program has suffered and been affected by rampant corruption from weaknesses in five major areas. These include; relevance to economic growth, quality of skills provision, access and equity, organizational effectiveness and financial and internal efficiency. The system does not produce the appropriately skilled workforce that Uganda requires to increase income and employment and to compete internationally. The training institutions do not deliver training commensurate to the required standards and few students access the training.
To overcome the above challenges, in 2012, the Government of Uganda through Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) launched a BTVET Strategic Plan 2012/13 to 2021/22 entitled “Skilling Uganda”. This plan underscored a paradigm shift in skills development in the country. The plan emphasized creating employable skills and competencies relevant to the labour market rather than educational certificates as was before.
The World Bank funded, Uganda Skills Development Project (USDP) worth US $100M is one of the options the Government of Uganda initiated to operationalize the BTVET strategic Plan. USDP is a five (5) year project, which was approved in April 2015 and became effective in October 2016. USDP targets enabling programmes to meet skills needs in key priority sectors of the economy i.e. Agriculture, Construction and Manufacturing, in line with Uganda’s National Development Plan (NDPII) as well as Vision 2040.
The skilling program is held at Isingiro secondary and about 400 participants from three constituencies of Bukanga, Isingiro north and Isingiro south train in catering, salon management among others at no cost, courtesy of area legislators.
Speaking at the launch, the woman Member of Parliament Isingiro district, also the initiator of the idea Justine Ayebazibwe Kashaija said that she introduced this program to enable the youth and the women acquire skills.
According to Ayebazibwe, in the research carried out it was discovered that many youth in Isingiro district were misusing the government money under youth livehood funds and UWEP due to lack of skills that can be applied in their established project.
She noted that the training will take two month with the award of certificate to those who will excel and this will be done annually.
Skilling Uganda was launched in 2012 to address the skills gap in the country to enable individuals increase productivity and raise incomes.
Steven Kagwangye Rwakanuma the Member of Parliament Bukaga County in Isingiro district said that there is political influence matter that has affected the project but all is under control as leaders they will ensure that government invests a lot of money and vigerance in achieving the intended objectives of the skilling Uganda programe to ensure universal coverage and fight household poverty through putting up avenues and skills development centers.
He called on the youth and the communities to start income generating activities, Sacco, corporative, save the little they can and they engage in community development initiatives.
We have made some modest achievements as NRM part and government First, we are moving as a team together with the political leadership headed by our minister, state ministers and technical staff – all focused on delivering quality education and ensuring every young person and entrepreneur benefits in the program. Kangwagye said