Integrating Trainees with Disabilities in the National Vocational & Technical Skills Competitions (NVTSC)
Uganda Skills Competitions Associations aims to integrate Disabled trainees in NVTSC to expose their skills talents before target employers
What problem does your idea solve?
Persons with disabilities invest in Vocational and technical education skills because of its envisaged contribution to socioeconomic prosperity. However, they remain under or unemployed majorly because of lack of awareness of their skillfulness and technical competence by their prospective employers. Acceleration of their employability, competitiveness, innovation and social inclusion could be achieved by exposing skills and technical competence of PWDs through participating in the NVTSC.
Explain your idea
USCA is a partnership of vocational educators, industry and government bodies in Uganda, working to enhance Uganda’s Vocational and Technical Education competitiveness through organizing skills competitions events on a national platform. We have been dedicated to this goal since 2015. In the past two years we have organized two skills competitions and helped over 500 students to witness new experiences and skills required today in their specific occupation area.
The NVTSC - is a competence-based competition where students are examined on spot. Students from across all regions of Uganda gather to participate in over 20 skills categories. The competition is for only two days, where each day is an average of 8 to 10 hours on the task.
Individuals from vocational institutions, schools and universities compete against one another to demonstrate their talent in a particular vocational skill, using tasks derived from real life industrial situations. Each individual’s work is scored by experts based on an agreed upon criteria, and the highest score wins.
Young people as well as stakeholders representing industry, business, labour, government, educational institutions and non-profit organizations in attendance; get a taste of what vocational trades and technologies are really about, discovering many great opportunities and expertise that exist within the sectors.
We intend to integrate trainees with disabilities through a special challenge
USCA believes that trainees with special needs (disabilities) have very competitive skills in various trades which the industry is yearning to identify. Therefore, USCA intends to help trainees under 25 years to achieve their full potential by including them in the community structure, promote their full independence and showcase their skills and achievements.
How is your idea unique?
Many initiatives exist to support the economic empowerment of persons with disabilities, however, they operate in isolation. Ours is a collaborative initiative bring together government agencies, training institutions, the industry (employer) among others
Tell us more about you
USCA, is a national association incorporated in 2016 to bring together public and private vocational institutions, schools, industrial sector, non-profit organizations, and government bodies; to actively promote careers in vocational trades and technologies for the Ugandan youths.
USCA is committed to preparing the National workforce to serve the industrial and technological growth of Uganda towards achievement of Uganda’s economic transformation and Vision 2040.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
Taking stock of all vocational and technical institutions training students with disabilities
Where will your idea be implemented?
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.
We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
Piloting: I have started to implement my solution as a whole with a first set of real users.