Background: Vocational training also known as vocational education and training (VET) basically focuses on practical applications of the skills learned or acquired and it provides the much needed hands-on instruction in a specific trade. If students are not supported to remain in school and perform well, it will be harder for them to escape poverty, to find jobs, support their families and develop their communities. Despite the increased access to education due to the introduction of Universal Primary and secondary Education (UPE and USE) in Uganda in 1997 and 2007 respectively and there are still many challenges.
- UPE and USE don’t benefit all especially girls from poor families. UPE and USE only caters for 4 children per family yet the average fertility rate is 7 children. Compared to boys, girls are always the ones to be left out due to the low value attached to girls’ education in Uganda.
- UPE and USE suffers high student dropout rates (especially girls because of forced early marriages), inadequate classroom space, shortage of qualified teachers and learning materials and equipment.
- Beneficiaries of UPE and USE often complete without getting practical skills necessary for securing viable employment and livelihoods.
Goal: The main goal of this vocational training is to equip the youths with valuable skills to enable them get employment, create jobs by starting their own income generating businesses after acquiring these skills from vocational training.
Provision of Vocational skills such as tailoring, knitting, hair dressing, and baking for many young boys and girls who initially cannot afford to pay for the traditional type of education.
Business leadership skills such as conducting market analysis, making business plans, business communication skills, business management, product marketing, book keeping, business sustainability and making financial savings.