Uganda Rural Development Institute (URDT-I) trainees from three sectors of Tourism, Construction and Agriculture sit their first national DIT assessment exam at Kagadi URDT campus and other assessment centres. The assessment has been one of a kind that in a length of two years, the trainees had never been assessed on what had been trained.
According to Eunice Kyalikunda the Kagadi district epicentre Manager, “the satellite approach of skilling trainees from their respective communities was introduced by URDT-I to enable young people to train and immediately transition to work. learn, work as they earn so as to raise capital to graduate as entrepreneurs. Acquire soft skills on marketing, pricing and bargaining and for increased development of the local industries”.
Tailoring trainees under assessment at URDT-I Campus in Kagadi district. 02-02-2022. photo by Susan Abigaba.
She adds “URDT-I/Young Africa Works project trained 2100 young people in 2020/2021 but these were not assessed. The trainees have been studying from artisans’ and agribusiness practitioners’ workshops and farms in the 20 districts within Mid-Western and Mid-Central parts of Uganda”. “The Artisans and Agribusiness practitioners are selected using the URDT-I selection criteria”.” In regards to quality assurance, URDT-I opted for Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) assessment so as young people are awarded a certificate”.
Hair dressing students undergoing assessment at the Centre for Reflection Hall. 02-02-2022.Photo by Susan Abigaba
According to Monica Kiiza, a hairdressing trainee. “The assessment is the final exam on the training and advises young people to enroll for DIT assessment in order to attain certificates, and get employed”.
Ssekamate Deogratias, a Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) assessor on motorcycle repair and maintenance says” “The assessment involves two modular, whereby every after a modular, trainees are awarded a certificate of training. The certification enables the graduate have employment opportunities i.e. locally, nationally and internationally.
Building and Construction trainees under assessment. 02-02-2022. Photo by Susan Abigaba.
Motorcycle repairing and Maintenance assessment in Mubende district.02-02-2022. Photo by Asiimwe Evelyne
Fausta Kyalimpa, a female construction and building trainee at URDT-I .02-02-2022.photo by Susan Abigaba
URDT-I Trainees in Kasese district being assessed on weaving.02-02-2022.photo by Biira Grace
According to Monica Kiiza a hairdressing trainee, “the assessment is the final exam on the training and advises young people to enroll for DIT assessment in order attain certificates, and get employed”.
DIT assessment on domestic electricity in Kibaale district.02-02-2022.photo by Kugonza Annet.
DIT assessment on pig farming in Kagadi district. Photo by Enoch Kyambadde.
DIT assessment on pig farming in URDT-I trainees being assesses on Welding in Masindi district.02-02-2022.Photo by Christine Kulaba.
URDT-I trainees being assesses on Welding in Masindi district.02-02-2022.Photo by Christine Kulaba.
Trainees in Kabarole under poultry assessment.photo by Atugonza Sylivia