Skills and Vocational Training

Skills and Vocational Training in The Fields Below

Training programs

  1. Hair Dressing and Salon Management
  2. Tailoring and Knitting
  3. Basic computer applications
  4. Handcraft production

Hairdressing and Salon management

The hairdressing industry in Uganda is characterised by a substantial number of small businesses providing unique and complex hairdressing services to clients on a one-to-one basis. The industry suffers high rates of attrition and is nationally recognised as suffering skill shortages. Over recent years the industry has experienced significant structural change with closures and mergers leading to a rationalization of the number of operators. The industry has a very high business failure rate. Having significant hairdressing and creative skills is not sufficient to achieve financial success; these skills need to be complemented with basic business management skills.

Salon management is one of the most important areas of education for students who wish to work in, manage, or own their own salon. With a variety of salon management programs available, there are numerous opportunities available to students. Salon management teaches the business aspects of managing a salon. This includes aspects such as human resources, marketing, and financial components. It does not teach practical skills to use such as massage or hair styling, though. Therefore, individuals who work in a salon and wish to manage it or wish to open their own facility may need to take a salon management course to get the skills necessary to do so. These courses can provide an opportunity for growth in knowledge, potentially leading to higher income. In relation to career improvement, some individuals may move into management positions within the salon leadership structures. Others may open or run their own business using the information taught in these programs.

Tailoring and Knitting classes

We offer hands on informal training since the target beneficiaries of the vocational program are mostly orphans, adolescents living with HIV and young mothers who did not have chance to complete formal education. We give disadvantaged youth practical skills to start and manage their own business as an attempt to address unemployment problem. Our training targets mostly vulnerable young adolescents and youth who are out of school.

We also integrate our training with entrepreneurship and small-scale business enterprise management skills to enable the youth start and manage their own business. We keep in touch with young people who have successfully completed the training to give necessary support to our trainees in their business ventures.

Thus, the Tailoring and Knitting class courses offer an opportunity for youth to gain skills in using a manual and electric sewing machines, cutting cloth, creating different designs and fashions, for different types of people. Our Tailoring and Knitting classes the following course components are offered:

  1. Garment Cutting and making:

Trainees acquire skills in making different attires such as shirts, skirts, blouses, men and ladies’ suits, baby dresses, overalls, curtains, cushion covers, name it. We do quality work for our customers.

b)    Machine Embroidery:

In this course unit, trainees are trained on how to embroider designs on different fabrics:  cushion covers, table clothes, blouses etc.

c)      Screen printing & Surface Designing:

We train the youth to print banners, T-Shirts for different occasions, badges, cushions, table clothes, plain fabrics for casual wears etc.

They also tie and dye plain materials with different designs prompting their innovativeness and creativity.

d)      Sustainability of the Skills and Vocational Training program

The sustainability of the Skills and Vocational Training program will also be addressed by sub-activities specifically designed to ensure its financial viability.

First, under the second activity, a business plan will be developed that will assess the costs as well as the potential revenues based on a detailed market research in terms of technical and non-technical training services that could be provided to companies, individuals and institutions. The business plan will also include capacity development plans for the training centre.