Directorate Certifies People With Informal Skills

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Ronald Isabirye, a Motor vehicle mechanic Instructor at Lugogo Vocational Training Institute, says it is important to certify persons who trained on the job, since they work closely with their colleagues who went through formal training.

The Directorate of Industrial Training-DIT under the Education Ministry has embarked on certifying people informal practical skills through the Competence Based Assessment - CBA program. 



The certification is being done in collaboration with Uganda Association of Private Vocational Institutions-UGAPRVI. The certification process, which is conducted at three levels, takes between one to two months. 



Currently, 29 employees from National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC comprising of plumbers, wielders and builders are undergoing verification at DIT. Johnson Byambara, the Acting Principal Qualification and Certification at DIT, says more than 25,000 people have undergone assessment under the Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework (UVQF) this year alone.
 
 
He however, says many are missing out because they don't know about the framework. He says on completion of the modular assessment, candidates are awarded transcripts, which are commensurate to their level of competence.
 
 
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Salleh Kawanguzi, a wielder at Katwe is one of those who have already been certified. According to Kawanguzi, says the number of his clientele has grown since he was certified in May 2016 due to the trust he has earned because of the certificate he acquired from DIT.
 
Edward Semiyagi, a plumber with NWSC says the certification of his skills is a life time opportunity. According to Semiyagi, the certificate will be his stepping stone to acquire formal skills. Ronald Isabirye, a Motor vehicle mechanic Instructor at Lugogo Vocational Training Institute, says it is important to certify persons who trained on the job, since they work closely with their colleagues who went through formal training.
 
 
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The certification by the Directorate follows another effort by the private sector to recognize people with informal sector through the introduction of the worker's passport in 2010.  By 2013, close to 1300 people had received the workers passport under Katwe Small Scale Industries Development Association.

 
The beneficiaries included plumbers, mechanics, wielders, hair dressers, electricians, brick makers and Carpenters among others. DIT derives its mandate from the 2008 Business, Technical and Vocational Training-BTVET Act that recognizes peoples who acquire informal practical skills for work.