Uganda, Germany Partner to Up Youth Skills

HOIMA-Uganda—–The Germany International Cooperation (GIZ) and the government of Uganda have launched a project, Youth Employment Enhancement Project (YEEP) aimed at equipping youths in Uganda with vocational skills.
Through its employment and skills for Eastern Africa Project, GIZ partnered with Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development  for the YEEP project that aims at skilling  selected young craftsmen and women from the Albertan region to Internationally recognized  levels.
This is aimed at improving on their employability in the emerging opportunities  in the Oil and Gas  supply  chains  and related  industries.
The project is targeting technicians in metal fabrication and electrical engineering.
Launching the project  in Hoima, Uganda’s State Minister for Mineral Development  Peter Lokeris noted that for the Youth to benefit from the emerging opportunities in the Oil and Gas sector they must have skills that enables them to get employed in the sector.
 “Oil and gas sector has wider employment opportunities especially to the youth but the challenge many of them lack the qualification to work in the sector. It is  why as the Ministry,  we have collaborated with development partners to come up with the YEEP project  that we hope will close the skills gap among the youth,” said Lokeris.
Lokeris said the YEEP project  is in direct  response to findings  of the workforce  skills development  strategy  and plan(WSDSP)  of the government of Uganda  which  identifies  key skills  required  for Ugandan  to benefit  more from the upcoming  Oil and Gas  sector.
The one year YEEP project is expected to end in 2018. It’s expected that by then, 220 artisan would have  been trained  and internationally certified  in industry.
They would have attained relevant  skills  such as 3G coded welding  regular  welding , fabrication and pipe  work , electrical  engineering  and scaffolding  erection and Inspection.
The project will be implemented at St Simon Peters Vocational Training Center in Hoima a catholic based vocational training institution under the Hoima catholic Diocese.
YEEP mode of training according to Patrick Mbony the Executive Director of Q-SOURCING Uganda the Company which is offering the technical support  will last between 9-13 weeks depending on the trade and followed by mandatory two month’s internship.
 In addition  participants  will also have to attend a two weeks  introduction   to health , safety  and environmental issues training  as well  as a business  training  course  to encourage them  to set up  a business  on their own  thus creating  employment  for themselves  and  the general public.
 GIZ country Director Christian Schnure pledged to continue supporting government initiatives that aim at improving the Social Economic well being of the ordinary Ugandans.