Kampala. Regional retailer Tusker Mattresses has announced plans to unveil a training exchange programme for Ugandan nationals seeking to advance their careers in retail management.
Commencing next month, the retailer’s Tuskys Uganda subsidiary will nominate and send a cohort of entry level and mid-level management trainees to undertake an all-expenses paid practical training module at the Joram Kamau Leadership School (JKLS) in Kenya.
According to Tusker Mattresses Group chief executive officer Dan Githua, the programme is part of the firm’s commitment to foster regional formal retail management talent.
As part of the firm’s human resource development programme, they plan to facilitate training for more than 600 Ugandan nationals working at the firm’s seven branches locally and in Kenya.
The training programme for Ugandans, Mr Githua said comes hot on the heels of the recent rollout of a similar project in Kenya.
“For this reason, we will have the first cohort of 15 Ugandans commencing their studies at JKLS in January,” he added.
Plans to host the second cohort featuring more than 50 trainees, Mr Githua said are also at an advanced stage.
The Ugandan nationals picked to undergo training will undertake comprehensive hands on training in retail operations and management.
Established in 2015, the school provides academic and practical skills training for entry level students wishing to pursue formal retail careers. Studies at the JKLS cover both elementary and management level retail studies.
Plans are already underway to certify the school’s training curriculum with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development at certificate, diploma and degree levels.
Tuskys ongoing corporate transformation efforts recently received a global commendation at the prestigious 4th World Branding Awards held at the Kensington Palace in London.
In a rare commendation for a local brand, Tuskys won the Kenya Supermarket Brand of the Year category. The World Branding Awards is the premier awards of the World Branding Forum for corporates drawn from the Commonwealth.