Technical and vocational education has come a long way since its inception, evolving from humble beginnings in the form of apprenticeships and craft workshops to a well-structured system that bridges the gap between education and the workforce. One of the remarkable milestones in this evolution is the practice of training through the production of goods.
At St Joseph Vocational Training Centre Kamuli, Uganda, the Production of goods plays a pivotal role in developing training curriculum for the students. This system has not only allowed us to transfer marketable hands-on skills to our young people but has provided trainees with a practical understanding of the materials and processes involved in production, as well as promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship.
Our students under the guidance of our trainers have produced; yoghurt, nutritious flour and wine from the Agriculture department, compound pavers and bricks from the Building Construction department, massaging oil and skin care products from the Cosmetology/Hairdressing department, furniture from the Carpentry department, bags, table cloth and African wear from Fashion and Garment design/Tailoring department, liquid soap from Business department, cakes from Catering department, metallic doors, windows and beds from Welding department etc.
Other departments such as Electrical, Solar, Plumbing and Automotive Mechanics provide installations and repair services. These products and services not only serve as tangible proof of students' abilities but also serve as a source to generate income to provide training materials for needy students as we try to expand the market for the institution.
By Alfred Ntagungira