Uganda Manufacturers’ Association (UMA) in partnership with Center for International Private Enterprise on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with Uganda Christian University (UCU) and Ndejje University to create jobs for the youth through entrepreneurship.
The MoU among other objectives, strives to engage local private companies in finding solutions to the unemployment problem, by offering business training to the students, which in turn will enhance job creation hence forth sharing the goal of reducing youth unemployment in the country.
With more than 80 per cent of Ugandans aged between 12 and 30, according to the latest census, the universities hopes that the partnership will become popular.
However, through this partnership, UCU vice chancellor Dr John Senyonyi believes the programme will help youth create jobs instead of seeking employment.
“What we have always had is training our students by equipping them more with knowledge. This is an opportunity where UMA will provide hands-on training by equipping them with skills through entrepreneurship club as well,” Senyonyi said.
UMA chairman George Kagimu added that through the partnership, they were playing their part in enabling students reduce on the unemployment in the country.
“What we are looking at is to see that the students are equipped with entrepreneurial skills that will enable them start and run their own business ventures,” he said.
The partnership has started with UCU and Ndejje becoming the pilot schemes before its spread to other universities. There will also be funding for the best ideas as start-up capital to the best youth entrepreneurs.
Source : The Observer