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Private Sector Earmarks Sh20billion To Boost Skilling Of Youth

In the spirit of addressing gaps in the job market, Private Sector Foundation Uganda in partnership with Ministry of Education has ear marked shs 20billion to boost youth with employable skills.

The Skills Development Facility (SDF) is part of the $100 million Uganda Skills Development Project (USDP) which is a Government of Uganda Project funded by the World Bank, implemented by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda. The SDF aims at promoting employer-led short term training in order to address prevailing skills imbalances and shortages in Uganda.

Ruth Musoke Head of the programme says SDF will facilitate collaboration between training providers and industry to promote demand driven skills development with special attention to innovative modes of training.

Musoke says SDF will be used to boost graduates with practical vocational skills to make them employable in the cut throat job market.

The facility will cover agriculture, manufacturing, transport, logistics, information communication and technology, tourism and hospitality industry.

“SDF will, directly cover training cost especially vocational courses by institutions to produce pool of employable youth with various skills to create their own jobs,”Musoke said.

State Minister for primary education Rosemary Seninde encouraged graduates and people in the informal sector to embrace the facility to enhance their competence to compete in the vocational field saying the demand to welders, fabricator and skilled people to work in manufacturing sector is there.

“I urge both graduates and informal sector to embrace this programme to upgrade their skills to fit in this cut throat job market. Vocational skills is the way to go because apart from having the relevant practical’s skills to work in the industry you can start your own enterprise,”Seninde said.

SDF is a 5-year project which is implemented through a Grant Facility mechanism that will be co-financed by the private sector through a matching grant contribution, and support training activities that lead to improved productivity and competitiveness in the formal and informal sectors. This requires strategic partnerships between firms, service providers and industry associations. The focus will be on short-term, practical and technical training of employees (including business skills for the informal sector) ranging from few days to not more than six months. The actual executing of the training must not exceed one year.

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