UMA & Makerere University Partner To Enhance Employability Among Graduates  

by | Jan 20, 2024 | Communication

The Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) in partnership with the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and the Ministry of Education, implemented a graduate training project aimed at improving the employability of graduates in Uganda.

The just-concluded project funded by Hewelett Packard Foundation was designed to ensure that graduates from universities are equipped with knowledge and skills that fit the demand in job market, in a bid to reduce the surging unemployment rates among the youth in Uganda.

UMA was able to conduct soft skills training in the areas of: Financial literacy, Entrepreneurship, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), Gender awareness and sexual harassment and Transition from School to Work (TSW).

With target participants from Makerere University, Kyambogo University and Makerere University Business School, the association ably train over 200 graduates from various educational disciplines, with an impressive 92% passing the final assessments.

To this end, on 20th January 2024, the participants were awarded with certificates of participation as an incentive for their dedication and completion of the training.

Following the project’s success, 184 graduates with support from UMA, will be matched with opportunities amongst UMA member companies for graduate internships. At the end of their internship, the project will then conduct a tracer to find out the rate at which the interns are absorbed as permanent staff, and how many transited to new employment opportunities because of the project interventions.

This will be done to assess the project’s impact in facilitating sustainable employment outcomes for the graduates.


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