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Rwenzori region gets centre for skills dev’t

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The center will create space for mechanics, tailors, salon and hair dressing, metal furniture as well as carpentry and joinery among others. FILE PHOTO  

By Ephraim Kasozi

Posted  Friday, July 18   2014 at  01:00
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Arrangements have been finalised for a local civil society organisation to establish a hands-on skills training centre as a move to enhance the fight against unemployment in the country.
The initiative by Action for Community Development (Acodev) seeks to create space for skills development among orphans and the vulnerable youngsters in order to afford economic sustainability.
Mr Obed Kabanda, the executive director of Acodev, told Jobs and Career in Kampala that the multi-million facility in the Rwenzori region will train the youth in courses where services are demanded.
“Our work has shown that there is need to bring people close to income generating activities by way of skills development to help in building an enterprise economy,” Mr Kabanda said at the launch of the week activities to mark 10 years anniversary of Acodev.
“The intend center will create space for mechanics, tailors, salon and hair dressing, metal furniture as well as carpentry and joinery.”
He said the initiative seeks to help youngsters realise their economic livelihood potential through access to marketable skills.
According to Mr Kabanda, the training centre to reinforce an already existing vocational and skills development in Bwera Town Council is one of the Acodev programmes that seeks to better the livelihood of people living in rural areas.
“We have since established a poultry project as a demonstration farm for our learners and apprenticeship center for motor vehicle and welding which are used to build entrepreneurship skills among learners,” he added.

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