Lifeline for Graduates to gain job creation skills

Friday July 26 2013

By Allan Chekwech

Unemployed and in-experienced university graduates now have a chance to acquire and put into practice technology and business skills, and at the same time earn, thanks to a relatively-new company, Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), an international social enterprise firm.

According to company officials, they seek to transform lives of young people through empowering them with entrepreneurial skills as job scarcity bites the globe.
“We provide young graduates with an opportunity to have job creation skills. There is a lot of unemployment today and such people need job creation skills to succeed in life,” Ms Nantalie Kimbugwe, the country programme manager, told the Daily Monitor last week.

New intake coming
Ms Sandra Nassali, the organisation’s communications officer, said the Canada-headquartered company with local operations in 14 countries around the globe, including Uganda, would recruit the next intake of interns in December. The company originally targeted mainly the unemployed and inexperienced university graduates.

“Our unique youth-led programmes empower people living in communities that are developing, in transition, or under stress with the confidence to use technology for entrepreneurial, community, educational, and personal development,” an official communication officer from the company told the Daily Monitor.

The technology company also seeks to harness the power of youth, transform young people (DOT Interns) into leaders of change as they facilitate technology, business, and entrepreneurial learning experiences to people in their own communities.

Ms Kimbugwe called upon government and other development partners to “come on board” and boost the programme in terms of personnel and finance.


Sourcing partners
DOT is currently partnering with the National Information and Technology Authority, Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, Makerere University, Uganda Martyrs University and Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology.

So far, 31 interns who were taken on late last year, have benefited from the programmes, and these have in turn empowered more than 1,000 community members in and around Kampala, Mpigi, and Mukono districts.

DOT has mobilised the talent and energy of more than 4,000 Interns worldwide - a powerful force for change.
The impact of DOT’s programmes has reached more than 800,000 people in communities and schools around the world, helping them to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and technology and business skills that will last a lifetime.