Over 15 training institutions in Uganda are going to benefit from the Skills Development Facility (SDF) project that is being funded by World Bank and the government of Uganda and implemented by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).
22 institutions that were selected from over 170 institutions that applied for the grant were today given a chance to showcase their innovative projectsto a panel of judges and other private sector members so as to improve their chances of being among the 15 institutions that will be selected for the grant.
According to the SDF project head, Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, each institution will be given over shs1billion ($350,000) to buy training equipments, train stuff and build capacity for the program.
“This is under window three where we are targeting private and public autonomous training institutions that are interested in developing innovative training programs,” Biyinzika said.
She added: “The grant will cover 75% of all costs in developing learning and assessment materials, curriculum development, training equipment and instruction materials and minor infrastructure development.”
According to her the program is aimed at enhancing skills and facilitating collaboration between training providers and industry to promote demand driven skills development with special attention to innovative modes of training.
“What we are looking for is an institute that will train students that will be deployed and able to add substance to different sectors in this economy. We want students to acquire practical creative and innovative skills that will help them develop sectors like agriculture, construction, manufacturing and industrial sector.”
SDF is part of the $100m Uganda skills development project that aims at promoting employer led short term training in order to address prevailing skills imbalances and shortages in Uganda.
The facility is a 5 year project which is implemented through a grant facility mechanism.