By George Busiinge
The Ministry of Works and Transport has heightened efforts to skill vulnerable youths in operating heavy load equipment to tap the public infrastructure employability.
John Baptist Ocola, a trainer from the Ministry of Works and Transport says the country has limited skilled operators of heavy equipment machines due to limited training institutions that offer such specific skills.
He says they have now partnered with Destiny Technologies Heavy Load Plant Services which has its head office in Hoima municipality to equip vulnerable groups mainly school dropouts and disadvantaged unemployed youths to equip them with skills on how to operate such machines.
He made the remarks Friday morning during the launch of the 2020 Heavy Equipment Operators training at Bulemwa Training Field in Bujumbura division.
Denis Kisha, the director for Destiny Technologies Heavy Load Plant Services has said due to the support of trainees and equipment from the Ministry of Works and Transport, they have managed to register 150 trainees for this batch the highest number ever since they stated.
He observed that the two-month course is highly marketable since the country is undertaking many construction projects in the roads and extractives sectors.
The trainees were drawn from different parts of the country. Alfred Ochen and Daniel Opiyo some of the trainees expressed high hopes of employability after the training.
The government of Uganda has in the recent past heightened efforts to provide hands-on skills to its nationals to curb the challenge of unemployment which is currently at 82%.