Uganda: Govt Commends KCB, GIZ for Shs6bn Vocational Skills Training Program

Government has commended KCB Uganda and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) for their shs6 billion Twekozese program that helps boost Uganda’s skills development agenda.

On Thursday, a total of 575 youths graduated from Datamine Business Institute and Ntinda Vocational Institute as part of these program.

The beneficiaries were skilled in masonry, carpentry, plumbing, welding and electric installation.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony at the UMA Multipurpose Hall in Kampala, Dr. Patrick Byakatonda, the head of the directorate of Industrial training in the Ministry of Education said such programs help complement government efforts in skilling its citizens.

“Government will continue to support such initiatives because they will lead to the social-economic transformation of our country. I commend KCB and GIZ for taking on and accomplishing this project that commenced in 2021. Your commitment to bettering the lives of Ugandans has been evidenced today with the graduation of the beneficiaries here today. I hope we can continue to have events such as these in the future,” Dr.Byakatonda said.

KCB Uganda Managing Director, Edgar Byamah hailed GIZ for accepting to partner with the bank to skill Ugandan youths.

“We are delighted to have partnered with GIZ to start the programme to empower the youth in Uganda with practical skills for employment and entrepreneurship. We believe that the skills and knowledge they have gained will enable them to make a positive impact in their communities and contribute to the growth of the Ugandan economy and transform their lives,” Byamah said.

The Twekozese program under KCB Foundation seeks to create self-employment and establish enterprises among unskilled and semi-skilled youth in Uganda.

The programme focuses on growing youth micro-businesses in the informal sector and bring them to a place where they can employ at least five other young people with an aim of creating 250,000 jobs over five years.

The KCB-GIZ programme was launched in July 2021 as part of efforts to increase the employability and

income generation of youth in the construction sector and both partners committed a combined shs

6 billion towards the Employment and Skills for Development in Africa (E4D) Programme that was commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), co-funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).