By Nancy Emily Nagujja
The Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) under The Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) awarded 96 Industrial Hub Trainers in different occupations that included: tailoring, hair dressing, welding, Carpentry and Joinery at their headquarters on 3rd Industrial Area Jinja Road.
The Industrial hub Trainees underwent training at the DIT Business Incubation Centers on how to use Assessment and Training Packages to be able to go and train other trainees in the different Government Industrial Hubs in competence skills at their different works stations across the country.
The Chairperson of The Industrial Training Council, Dr. Ruth Biyinzika acknowledged Government and The Head of State, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for supporting skilling and setting up these industrial hubs on behalf of The Directorate of Industrial Training and The Industrial Training Council. She noted that embracing quality skilling which is done by The Directorate of Industrial Training with the Certificates are recognized in the whole of Africa. The Skills and Certification is worth much more than you think. She urged the trainers to front Ethics and Integrity if they are to penetrate the employment field. She thanked the Ministry of Education and Sports for the continuous support towards ensuring DIT lives up to its mandate pf providing quality education for all.
At the awards Ceremony, Mr. Patrick Byakatonda, the Director of The Directorate of Industrial Training applauded the trainers the different dignitaries for their contribution to ensure that the graduation is a success. He further noted how the newly certified Industrial Hub trainers are now part of the TOTs under the Directorate of Industrial Training. “The Industrial Hub Trainers’ role is to train people in the different Government Industrial Hubs across the country in the different local languages.” He said
Mr. Ismail Mulindwa, the Representative of The Permanent Secretary of The Ministry of Education while passing on her remarks highlighted that accountability should be in how many people have been change in terms of employment and how many can ably start small-scale businesses to sustain themselves and whether we have been able to reduce the level of unemployment in the country. The permanent Secretary was pleased to note that The Directorate of Industrial Training has been empowered trainers in this training on ATP usage. She thanked the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, for the continuous guidance, financial and technical support rendered to DIT in the achievement of its goals and mandate. She thanked the Chairperson and Members of The Industrial Training Council, the Director and staff of DIT for the great stewardship of the Directorate. Congratulated he trainers upon the attainment and enlightened them on the Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) as emphasized by the Directorate of Industrial Training. She urged them to utilize the competencies they have acquired to develop their expertise and the nation at large.
The Ministry acknowledges the support rendered by the State House project, in the facilitation of this programme, and would like to encourage the Directorate to ensure optimal use and proper accountability of the available resources received to facilitate its programs. Her Remarks were concluded with gratitude towards the Industrial Training Council and The Directorate of Industrial Training for the invaluable contribution towards the Provision of quality education for all.
Engineer Raymond Kamugisha refers to the journey to this is a great achievement, as currently a total of 19 Industrial Hubs across the country in the different districts across Uganda in areas like: Mengo, Kasese, Tooro, Greater Mubende, Jinja, Mbale, Ssebeyi, Karamoja, Soroti, Lira, Bunyoro, and Alur among others.