Dez, 10 2015

Vocational Training for workers in the informal sector.

Project Description

Uganda (Background):

Uganda – a landlocked country in the north of Lake Victoria – has a population of about 32 million and is considered a „Least Developed Country – LDC“ by the United Nations. On a country-wide average, 40 percent of the population live below the poverty-line of one US-Dollar and in the northern regions of Uganda it is even 70 Percent. The GDP per capita reached 450 US$ in 2011 and is therefore around a hundred times smaller than the Germann GDP (GDP per capita 2011 in Germany: 44.550 US$).

The problem of un- and underemployment remains one of the major challenges in Uganda, as the unemployment rate among young people is at around 80 Percent.



The project’s objective is to provide appropriate training opportunities to unemployed potential and actual workers in the informal economy, both men and women between 15-30 years old in order to increase the employability and levels of income of the poor in the formal as well as informal sector. The specific sectors prominent in the project region comprise of areas such as metal related trades, carpentry, automotive, transport, hotel & catering, textile, construction and agri-business.

Particular attention will be paid to the validation approach aiming at the (re)integration of the beneficiaries into the labour market. Therefore, the project will work in the following intervention areas:

  • Private sector driven and innovative non formal modes of flexible skills training for potential workers
  • Skills upgrading training for actual workers in informal sectors
  • Validation through the Workers’ PAS* accredited system
  • Issuing of the Workers’ PAS*

* Worker’s Proficient Acquired Skills. This document certifies the skills and competences of an individual for a particular trade.

The goals will be achieved through interventions in areas such as capacity building, coaching and technical assistance of the training providers, institutional development and stimulation of collective actions of workers and employers.


Project duration:

2009 – 2013


Financing of this Project:

European Commission, Swisscontact