Sixty youth have embarked on a six-month training on employable skills.
The youth were selected out of the 150 people who sat recruitment interviews for the I-Serve Volunteer Programme by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
According to Mr Abel Asiimwe, the supervisor, KCCA Employment Services Bureau, the youth will be given information and communication technology (ICT), entrepreneurship, general ethical, workplace and people, computer repair as well as agri-business urban farming skills.
“These will enable them gain employment or become self-employed,” Mr Asiimwe added.
I-Serve follows other projects aimed at giving youth employable skills such as Skilling Uganda, Strengthening Rural Youth Development Through Enterprise (STRYDE) as well as the Non-formal Education and Livelihood Skills Training Programme (NFELSTP)-2004-2005 whose objectives among others were to equip vulnerable youth from marginalised communities with entrepreneurial and related functional literacy skills.
Ms Harriet Mudondo, the KCCA Director for Gender, Community Services and Production said the training will also ensure the authority has the right people in its talent pool.
“We have therefore decided to use multiple areas to help young people and link them to employers. We want people to participate meaningfully,” Ms Mudondo.
Some of the beneficiaries of the programme expressed hope.
“I expect to gain exposure and get to know different employers. My interest is in community based organisations that work with the vulnerable. I am looking forward to working with different people in different sectors like marketing and farming,” said Ms Doreen Muhumure.
I-serve is a national service programme which involves youth from the different divisions of Kampala. It is designed by KCCA under the Employment Service Bureau with the Directorate of Gender, Community Services and Production.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor