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Vocational Training Creating New Career Paths For Youths
Students of Kasese Youth Polytechnic TVET institute operating a solar powered system Photo by Simon Peter Tumwine

Vocational Training Creating New Career Paths For Youths

The job market has been rapidly evolving recently and now mainly requires people with vocational training. This means that equipping youths with appropriate skills to enable them earn a decent living beyond formal employment is the trend.

Many youths still face limitations that diminish their employment prospects and at times this is because of having no hands-on skills.

A World Bank study revealed that 700,000 youths in Uganda enter the labor force annually. This makes them one of the country’s most abundant assets. However, despite this big number, job opportunities for the youths remain limited in different sectors of the economy.

Almost 40% of youths aged between 18-30 are not employed, studying or training and 57 are employed in vulnerable jobs.

The human resource is extensively undermined by underutilization yet it is vital in ensuring economic progress. Luckily, vocational training has done a great job in enhancing the Labour market.

Some of the important skills set for the youth include masonry, carpentry, plumbing, welding, and electric installation. Consequently, many Ugandans with such skills are now seeing a bright future ahead of them.

A good example of a wonderful product of vocational training is Kutosi David from Mbale School of the Deaf who graduated in plumbing. In an interview, Kutosi said he is privileged to have participated in the vocational training program.

“I am an achiever because a friend of mine informed me about this opportunity and I decided to enroll. Through this, I have been able to attain expertise in plumbing,” he said.

Kutosi is one of the 2165 beneficiaries who recently graduated from the KCB-GIZ Twekozese Program. It is a youth empowerment program initiated by KCB Bank Uganda and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in July 2021.

Additionally, the two organizations’ collaboration shows a shared vision of empowering the youth and breaking down employment barriers. The initiative equips the youth with tools needed for success as well as fosters a more inclusive society that values diversity.

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