Uganda: Vocational Training and Tailoring Shop Program
Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute: DIT Assessment Report
September 13, 2016
Summary of Activities
The DIT assessment exercise at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute started with a meeting at 8:30 AM, where all students gathered and were addressed on the major values and rules that govern DIT assessment. This was followed by a question and answer session for students, to ensure understanding of how the exercise is conducted. A roll call was taken so that PVTI instructors and DIT representatives could identify missing or absent students. The assessment exercise began in all departments at 9:00 AM, when students were given materials to start their work.
The Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) assessment exercise was completed successfully at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI). All PVTI students were able to complete and submit their work on time. For some departments, the exercise was done in intervals, as the assessment time was longer and continued after lunch. A total of 74 students were assessed, and there was not one registered student who missed the exercise per the roll call and DIT registration.
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (HBT)
23 Students Assessed
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy is one of Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute’s original, founding departments. During this DIT assessment, 23 students (100% of those registered for the exam) attended and completed the assessment exercise. HBT students were assessed on three-strand braiding.
Tailoring and Garment Cutting (TCG)
Original Founding Department
Tailoring and Garment Cutting is one of Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute’s original, founding departments. During the DIT assessment exercise, 24 TGC students (100% of those registered for the exam) attended and completed the assessment exercise. TGC students were assessed on making a dress.
Carpentry and Joinery (CJ)
Carpentry and Joinery is a newer department at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute, created with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) South Sudan. 13 Carpentry and Joinery students were registered for the DIT assessment exercise, and all of them (100%) attended and completed the assessment. CJ students were assessed on making a tailor’s stool.
Bricklaying and Concrete Practice (BCP)
2 Women Trainees
Bricklaying and Concrete Practice is a newer department at Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute, created with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) South Sudan. 14 BCP students were registered for this DIT assessment exercise, and all of them (100%) attended and completed the exam. 2 of the BCP trainees are women, which greatly impressed the DIT representatives, since in South Sudan such work is typically only for men. DIT representatives noted that the department’s space is still limited, and there is need to expand on it so that students can have enough space to properly complete practical work. BCP students were assessed on the English bond with a stretcher T-junction.
In April 2011, RMF initiated the Panyadoli Vocational Training Institute (PVTI) at the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement after being presented by the refugee community with issues surrounding the lack of skills and vocational training for students graduating from the settlement high school.
After researching which skills would provide the quickest earning opportunities and the most efficient economic investment requirements for RMF, we narrowed the programs down to:
- Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
- Bricklaying and Concrete Practice
- Carpentry and Joinery
- Tailoring and Garment Cutting
- To train the refugees with relevant vocational training skills
- To prepare the refugees for the work world with entrepreneurial skills for both employment and self-employment
- To prepare refugees with basic skills that they shall use for nation building when returning to their home country
- To foster a cycle of improved economic stability and opportunity in the region