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These are in place to enable Ugandans to gain skills that are relevant to the world of work.

What Are The Skills Development Projects?

The ARSDP & USDP are flagship projects, developed by the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) to initiate the initial reforms towards skilling Ugandans. These projects were particularly designed to support the implementation of the Ten (10) year BTVET Skilling Uganda Strategic Plan (2012-2022).

NB: The projects are funded with financial support from the World Bank.

The Uganda Skills Development Project (USDP)

The Uganda Skills Development Project (USDP) is a $100M project, designed to enhance the capacity of institutions to deliver high-quality and demand-driven training programmes in the Agricultural, Construction and Manufacturing sectors. USDP was purposed to create a scalable model for high-quality vocational` and technical training which is linked to labour market needs for the specified sectors. The USDP commenced in 2016 and will close in December 2021.

Project Components

The USDP Project has four components.

1. Institutionalizing systematic reforms in Skills Development.

2. Improving Quality and Relevance of Skills Development.

3. Employer-led short-term training and recognition of prior learning (Implemented by the Skills Development Fund-SDF/Private Sector Foundation Uganda-PSFU

4. Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Key USDP Achievements 

A TVET Council is being created; an employer led, autonomous body that will be responsible for overall oversight, providing strategic guidance and regulation of the TVET sector.
A TVET Policy has been developed to support the implementation of key reform undertakings and also facilitate the review of the current laws so as to generate the appropriate legal framework that can support the social economic transformation of the country. This policy defines the policy direction and institutional framework that will guide skills development in the country going forward.
Employers have been positioned to drive Uganda’s skills development Agenda. Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) have been established in the Key sectors of the economy that lead economic growth and employ the largest proportion of Ugandans i.e the Construction, Manufacturing and Agriculture sectors
A web-based Management Information System for accurate, reliable and upto-date skills related information has been developed. This enable implementation of informed and responsive skills related policies and decisions.
A Communication, Marketing and Rebranding Strategy for TVET has been developed. The Ministry of Education and Sports will soon embark on a nationwide campaign to sensitize Ugandans on TVET offerings and benefits so as they embrace skills development by enrolling in TVET Institutions.

Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP)

The Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP) is a $145M, multi-sectoral project World Bank funded project, implemented by Uganda National Roads Authority, the Ministry of Lands and Transport, and the Ministry of Education and Sports. The Project was designed to support ongoing initiatives in the Albertine region through improving Regional and Local Access to infrastructure, Markets and skills development. 

Project Components

1. Regional Access and Connectivity.

2. Local Access, Planning and Development.

3. Skills Access and Upgrading

Component 3 of the ARSDP ($27M) falls under the Ministry of Education and Sports. It is aimed at improving skills access and upgrade in the Albertine Region. 

Achievements under Component 3

Uganda Petroleum Institute-Kigumba (UPIK) and Uganda Technical College Kichwamba are undergoing a transformational process, graduating into internationally recognized authorities in the provision of Oil and Gas related training in the country.
UPIK has partnered with International Expert Trainers; IFP-France and UTC Kichwamba with Coventry University to support this transformation process.
Through these partnerships, Nine (9) Occupational Standards and curricula have been developed for the Oil and Gas Sector. Five of these courses are offered by UPIK while 4 are for UTC Kichwamba.
Over $25m has been dedicated to provision of world class training facilities, equipment and consumables at Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba and Uganda Technical College Kichwamba. Among these are four workshops have already been completed at UPIK and 3 which are near completion at UTC Kichwamba
25 Instructors are undergoing training and exposure to deliver the new courses
An Oil and Gas Sector Skills Council has been established to support the development of required skills in the country.

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