Omukutu gwa Covid-19 Business Info Hub gwayogerako ne Gilbert Kibekityo ng’ono avunaanyizibwa ku nkola ey’okuyigiriza abavubuka obukugu mu bintu eby’enjawulo ng’eno yateekebwawo ekitongole ekigatta bannamakolero ekya Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) okusobola okweyongera okutegeera ebikwata ku nkola eno wamu n’okumanya engeri gy’egasaamu abavubuka wamu n’amakolero amatonotono. 

Ebbula ly’emirimu mu Uganda liri ku bitundu 9.2% ate nga mu bavubuka abali wakati w’emyaka 18 – 30, ebitundu 13.3% be balera engalo. Nga beesigama ku mbeera eyo, UMA yagunjaawo enkola ey’okuyigiriza abavubuka obukugu mu bintu eby’enjawulo okubasobozesa okufuna emirimu wano mu ggwanga wamu ne mu mawanga ag’ebweru.

Nga bayita mu nkola eno, UMA esobodde okutendeka abayizi abawerera ddala 5,502 (64.04% balenzi ate 38.96% bawala), ku bano, abayizi 3,445 baamala okuteekebwa mu bitongole eby’enjawulo okwongera okutendekebwa nga n’ebintu bwe babiraba wamu n’okubikwatirako ddala.

Abayizi bano baalondebwa era ne basembebwa zi ssettendekero (University) mwenda era nga bassibwa mu bitongole eby’enjawulo okumala ebbanga lya myezi 3 okutuuka ku myezi 6. Ebitundu 92% ku bitongole ebyenyigira mu nkola eno bikakasa nti abavubuka abatendekeddwa baba balungi ku mirimu bw’ogeraageranya n’abalala.

Kutendekebwa kwa nnabaki okubeera mu nkola eno?

Enkola eno ewa abavubuka okutendekebwa mu bintu ebiringa ebyangungu omuli okuwandiika alipoota, eby’empuliziganya, okukolera awamu, okugonjoola ebizibu, obukujjukujju wamu n’obuyiiya, obukugu mu kutandikawo emirimu, eby’obulamu n’okwekuuma nga kw’otadde n’obukugu mu kuteekateeka ebintu eby’enjawulo.

Abayizi bano oluvannyuma batwalibwa mu makolero ag’enjawulo okwongera okutendekebwa wamu n’okuyigirizibwa obukugu ng’ebintu babikwatirako ddala omuli enkozesa y’ebyuma bi kalimagezi, eby’obulimu , n’ebirala.

Okutendekebwa kuno kukolebwa ku zi ssettendekero omuli, Kyambogo University(KYU), Makerere University (MUK), Busitema University (BU), Gulu University (GU), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Lira University (LU), Muni University (MU), Uganda Management Institute (UMI) wamu ne Makerere University Business School (MUBS)

Abavubuka bakola batya  okwewandiisa mu nkola eno?

Abayizi abaakatikkirwa okuva mu zi ssettendekero ezo omwenda ezimenyeddwa waggulu wamu n’abo abali mu mwaka gwabwe ogusembayo bakubirizibwa okusaba okwegatta mu nkola eno nga bayita eri omukwanaganya w’emirimu ku ssettendekero yaabwe. Oluvannyuma bajja kuweebwa empapula ezibakkiriza okuva mu UMA era nga mu kaseera kano we bajja okufunira endagiriro y’okumutimbagano we banaayita okwegatta ku nkola eno.

Okutendebwa kukolebwa ku zi ssettendekero zaabwe era oluvannyuma abavubuka UMA n’egenda ng’ebagaba mu bitongole eby’enjawulo by’ekolagana nabyo ng’esinziira ku buli omu kye yasoma wamu n’obukugu bw’aba afunye mu kutendekebwa. Bw’emala okubagaba, UMA efaayo okulondoola abayizi bano okusobola okwetegereza engeri gye batambuzaamu emirimu.

SMEs zisobola zitya okukwatagana n’abavubuka bano mu ngeri y’okugezesebwa oba okufuna abo abamaze okutikkirwa be bandyagadde okuwa emirimu?

SMES ezirina obwetaavu ziba zirina okukolagana ne UMA butereevu nga ziyita ku ndagiririo eyo wammanga, ekitongole kiba kirina okunnyonnyola ekika ky’obukugu kye beetaaga awo UMA n’eronda mu bayizi abaatendekebwa era n’ebaweereza ebitongole bino okusinziira ku bwetaavu bwabyo.

Abavubuka abaagadde enkola eno basobola okutuukirira UMA ku ndagiriro eno;

Uganda Manufacturers Association

P.O Box 6966, Lugogo Show Grounds, Kampala

Essimu: +256 414 221 034/287615

Website: www.uma.or.ug or Project Website: www.intership.uma.or.ug

The COVID-19 Business Info Hub spoke with Gilbert Kibekityo of the Uganda Manufacturers Association’s (UMA) Skilling Program to understand more about the program and how both youth and SMEs can benefit. 

Uganda’s national unemployment rate stands at 9.2% with the youth unemployment rate those aged 18-30 years standing at 13.3%. The skilling program was designed by UMA to equip youth with skillsets for both national and international employment.

Under the program, UMA has managed to train a total of 5,502 students (64.04% male and 38.96% female), of which a total of 3,445 were placed in different companies for practical skills acquisition. These interns were selected and recommended by nine universities and receive company placement for a period of between 3 and 6 months. 92% of companies involved in the program confirmed that the youth trained under this program are more employable compared to others.

What kind of training does the program offer?

The program provides an induction training for soft skills like report writing, communication, teamwork, problem-solving, creativity and innovation, entrepreneurship development, occupational health and safety, and organization skills. Trainees are later placed into industry for technical and hands on skills acquisition in IT, engineering, agriculture, or other fields. Training sessions are carried out at universities, which include Kyambogo University (KYU), Makerere University (Mak), Busitema University (BU), Gulu University (GU), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Lira University (LU), Muni University (MU), Uganda Management Institute (UMI), and Makerere University Business School (MUBS).

How can youth enroll in the program?

Recent graduates from the nine universities mentioned above or students in their final year are encouraged to apply for the program through the liaison officer at the universities. After that, they may obtain nomination forms from UMA, at which point they will be provided with login credentials to log in to the web portal.

Training takes place at the individual universities, after which youth are placed by the UMA placement team in the respective partner companies depending on the courses they studied and the skills acquired during the program. After placement, UMA conducts on the ground monitoring to understand the progress trainees.

How can SMEs engage these youth for internships or access graduates they may be interested in hiring long-term?

Interested SMEs should engage UMA directly via the contact information below, after which companies will send information about the skillsets they are looking for. UMA selects candidates from their database of inducted interns and sends to these companies accordingly.

 

Contact information for interested youth

 

Uganda Manufacturers Association

P.O Box 6966, Lugogo Show Grounds, Kampala

Tel: +256 414 221 034/287615

Website: www.uma.or.ug or Project Website: www.intership.uma.or.ug