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MTAC empowers youths in job creation as 800 graduate

MTAC graduates

MTAC graduates

On March 22, the Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC) held its 10th graduation where 802 students, including 544 females, completed their studies.

The graduates attained certificates and diplomas in various disciplines such as management, ICT, tailoring, fashion and design, bakery and cookery and hairdressing, among others. Trade minister Francis Mwebesa, the guest of honour, noted that the graduation highlights the strides made by MTAC in equipping organized youths across the country with essential skills for job creation and business development.

He also emphasized the critical need for competent human resources to drive Uganda’s socio-economic transformation. He further commended MTAC for its role in providing training to ensure the growth and sustainability of businesses, particularly the SMEs, which are vital to the economy.

“Since the start of the financial year 2022/2023, over 7,690 youths and women have been equipped with essential skills and a mindset geared towards job creation, hence leading to tangible outcomes such as street vendors transitioning to productive entrepreneurs,” the minister said.

Additionally, Mwebesa praised MTAC’s partnerships with organizations like Solid Rock Group and GIZ in providing free training programs related to oil and gas, which have contributed to human resources development in Uganda.

“I am also aware that MTAC has previously equipped over 1,500 young men and women with essential skills relating to oil and gas, including work readiness, skills in welding, pipefitting, and plumbing, among others, through partnering with organizations,” he said.

On his part, Soteri Nabeeta Kalanzi, the MTAC executive director, highlighted the impact of the job creation training program offered by MTAC.

He said the program aims to enhance the entrepreneurial abilities of beneficiaries by providing training in various skills. He also noted the positive reception of the program by recipients and the overwhelming requests for its continuation, underscoring its potential to contribute to planned development through the Parish Development Model (PDM).

“This programme would play a significant role in the realization of planned development through the parish development model,” Nabeeta said.

Additionally, he appealed to parliament to increase the funds allocated to the institution from Shs 880m per year to at least Shs 1.5bn.

“This would enable the centre to even pay the outstanding arrears, particularly the part-time staff, funding for retooling of MTAC Ntungamo and funding for construction of a permanent home for MTAC in Mbale,” Nabeeta said.

TESTIMONIES

Caroline Nasasira, who graduated with a diploma in Painting and Decorations, expressed gratitude to the management of MTAC for the transformative opportunities which enabled her to become the person she is today.

Raised by a sister struggling to make ends meet, Nasasira’s education journey was almost cut short after completing senior six when she started navigating through life doing various odd jobs such cleaning and selling tea to make ends meet. However, her zeal to pursue further studies led her to MTAC, where she was admitted without making prior payments.

“I thank the management for always allowing us to go to class without paying a penny because by the time I joined, I did not have any financial help,” she said.

MTAC played a pivotal role in her success by opening doors to rewarding employment opportunities and she now owns a decoration company called Golden Deco, which employs 12 other people.

Additionally, Madinah Namuyaba who completed a diploma course in customs, clearing, boarding and shipping management, commended MTAC for prioritizing on providing practical skills at the institute as this enables them to compete in the job market and also becoming job creators.

“I have learnt a lot of skills which have helped me become confident in the job market and make good connections,” said Namuyaba.

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