In a strategic move aimed at skilling youth with employable and enterprise driven courses, Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC) has asked government to allocate them shs25 billion for training this financial year 2020/2021.
MTAC Director Soteri Nabeeta says this money will provide tool kit for its graduates to start their own enterprises and increase its annual budget to enable the centre expand its programmes to rural areas.
MTAC has skilled over 3,500 Kampala street vendors with employable and enterprise courses that has enabled them create jobs and vacate pressure on street business.
This year, MTAC has trained and graduated 169 women vendors at no cost at its 7th graduation ceremony held on Friday.
The women vendors training programme was initiated by Hon. Amelia Kyambadde in 2017 in collaboration with MTAC.
MTAC currently operates in Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Pader, Mbale, Iganga, Luweero, Buikwo and Kitgum Districts.
According to Nabeeta the women street vendor programme was offered at no cost to 3,046 entrepreneurs since inception.the vendors were sensitized about job creation and equipped with skills in making pavers, candles, soap and jelly among others.
“This programme has been widely appreciated by the recipients and the request from the population for this programme are overwhelming.we have appealed to parliament to allocate at least 25 billion to enable us training at least 100 participants per constituency in Uganda. This would translate into 23,800 entrepreneurs. this money would enable us to equip each of the trained participants with start up tool kit and ultimately increase productivity,”Nabeeta explained.
Presiding over the 7th graduation ceremony under the theme:promoting enterprise development through skills training, Amelia Kyambadde scoffed at universities for teaching useless courses that have increased youth unemployment in urban areas.
“I wish to congratulate MTAC for empowering our youth with employable skills. The skills you acquire are speciafically tailored to its mission of promote entrepreneurship and improve management performance for sustainable development. Mtac courses are consistent with national development plan 3 and focuses on closing skills gaps like unemployment,”she said.
Kyambadde however said despite governments efforts to provide free education at various levels to the growing youthful labour force the country continues to experience deficits in the supply of skilled human resource.
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