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Thursday, October 19, 2017 

PSFU to partner with vocational institutions to up skills,

KAMPALA-UGANDA--Private Sector  Foundation Uganda (PSFU) is set to partner with both private and public autonomous training and vocational institutions in an effort  to improve skills in the youths.

According to  Ruth  Biyinzika  Musoke the Head  of Skills  Development Facility(SDF) at the PSFU  they have received grants from the Government of Uganda  with support from World Bank  of which they Intends  to use part in  Skilling Ugandan youth.

“We aim to enhance skills and to facilitate collaboration between training providers and industry to promote demand driven skills development with special attention to innovative modes of training,” said Biyinzika Musoke, Head of Project, SDF .

She disclosed that so far the organization has started by vetting the best institutions with youth friendly related program and out of the many that applied only 15 will be considered for the grants which total to $ 350,000 per institute.

“The best 15 Institutions will receive funding  for Window activities in the Skilling program which include the  costs of development of learning and assessment materials; Curriculum development; training equipment and instruction materials and minor infrastructure development” she further explained.

Skills development Facility project funded by the Government of Uganda and the World Bank. Skills Development Facility provides grants to companies that are active in the agribusiness, construction and manufacturing sectors; internship, apprenticeship and industrial attachment.

Musoke said the above sectors have potential to create jobs for the Youth especially in their value chain associated with the sectors.

According to World Bank report by 2020 Uganda will be having high demand for Motor Vehicle mechanics due to the high demand for vehicles in the country and the Jobs in the manufacturing sector is also to double but for the youth to take up such jobs they must have the necessary qualifications. SDF has four windows that target various categories of beneficiaries in the formal and informal sectors. Funding modalities and key eligible activities vary for each window. Window 3 provides grants to private and public autonomous training institutions that are interested in developing innovative training programs which empowers the beneficiaries with skills that are demanded on the labor market.

 The search for the best Fifteen Institutions commenced recently where PSFU held   a pre-appraisal public event for 22 applicants under window 3 – grant for introduction of innovative training programs. Some of the institutions that presented their intended programs included Muni University, Q-sourcing and many other.

By SAMUEL NABWIISO,, Thursday, October 19th, 2017