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Skills Development Facility Project Awards Internship Grant

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Gideon Badagawa, Executive Director PSFU with Ruth Biyinzika Musoke

Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) on behalf of Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development is implementing the Skills Development Facility (SDF) project funded by the Government of Uganda and the World Bank.

23 companies  have been awarded grants to take on 884 students from 30 public and private technical and vocational training institutions for a period of four months with an estimated cost of One billion sixty seven million shillings only (1,067,000,000).

The grants will be provided to companies that are active in the agribusiness, construction and manufacturing sectors; internship, apprenticeship and industrial attachment.

Speaking at a press conference that took place at PSFU head offices at the end of last week,  Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, Head of Project, SDF said; “Practical skills will be extended to interns in order to enable them develop relevant skills that is needed on the current labor market. Placement of interns is expected to start 1st October 2017.”

SDF is a facility that supports employer led short term training, recognition of prior learning as well as increased access to internship, apprenticeship and industrial attachment for Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET) students.

The facility is financing the improvement of students’ skill training systems that focuses on short term practical and technical training.

Other key items to be funded include Training materials, insurance, meals, transport and accommodation.

“This particular form of Internship targets companies willing to take on Interns from vocational training institutions. The key requirements included among others; 1. Company has been in existence for at least 2 years, active in specific sectors that is Agriculture or Construction or Manufacturing sectors in Uganda and has intentions of taking on interns from training institutions,” added Gideon Badagawa, Executive Director PSFU.

Objectives of internship, apprenticeship and industrial attachment  include; to link academic programs of students next to work based learning experience, exposure to  Create a linkage between classroom learning and professional expectations, to Improve on Competitiveness especially on the current labor demand,  Improve quality and relevance of attachments to increase progressive skill acquisitions,  Improve Career preparation, development and hands on work and to create knowledge and public awareness about work place learning.

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