3rd September 2020, Kampala. Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development with support from UNDP has drafted the National Work Based Learning Policy. The main purpose of the policy is to promote and strengthen workplace based learning for graduates and non-graduates for improved employability and productivity.
PSFU chair for Skills, Health and Education, Ms. Julian Omalla facilitated a meeting with sector members represented by Datamine, MUBS, Icon, ISCP-U Makerere, and Ministry of Gender to discuss the draft policy and make recommendations to ensure that the policy delivers value.
Some of the recommendations included;
- Time allocated for the internship/industrial attachments period is limited; the period given to students for internship is limited and this leaves them with no experience. Also the given the busy schedule of the experts at the training grounds, the interns are lack to touch of the experts.
- Motivation of the youths/students to engage more in agriculture alongside the trained/ field of qualification. Since with agriculture there is more practical learning and can easily be practiced while at the same time engaging in other fields.
- Developing a strategy on how to prepare the youths to acquire the skills. The policy ought to have a strategy developed on how to prepare them for skilling so as to set their minds for learning and implantation of the acquired skills.
- Develop a rewarding mechanism for the skilled for instance setting a minimum wage of different levels of qualification. This can be a motivating factor for especially the informal sector into formalization.
- Refresher trainings to the companies hosting the internship programmes and apprenticeship.
- This policy should attract more PPPs to have a smooth implementation
- Introduction of practical learning where students/learners have an interaction with the practical/industrial experts as per the field of operation not concentrating on the theoretical approach.
- Alignment of the trainings to the job market.
- Step up the standardization and enforcement of quality of work/product
- Develop a training model on personality and character of the learner
- Need for promotion of innovations and sophistication