Graduation ceremony of ILO PROSPECTS hotel management apprenticeship programme in Uganda

In the first cohort of apprenticeship programme, 116 host and refugee community trainees graduated from the programme.

Date issued: 20 November 2023 |
With support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the ILO, Uganda's Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) and Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) together implemented a year long hotel management training programme benefitting young persons from host and refugee communities in Uganda.

In the first cohort, 116 host and refugee community trainees graduated from the programme with over 70 per cent of them securing employment or turning to entrepreneurship opportunities.

ILO’s support to MGLSD has been instrumental in guiding government on the development of a National Apprenticeship Framework that stipulates how apprenticeship programs should be designed and implemented. Together with social partners, ILO has also supported partners to design apprenticeship curriculum in four trades in the hotel sector as well as workplace supervisors manuals to guide workplace mentorship of apprentices.

On completion of classroom training at Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (UHTTI) in Jinja and the apprenticeship programme with 40 leading hotels in the country, the trainees have been able to find full time employment in the hotel industry. The refugee youth, who otherwise struggle to find skill development and employment opportunities, thanked the ILO and the Government of the Netherlands for development of this unique programme.

The hard work and skills demonstrated by the trainees and cooperation and coordination between the ILO partners have led to the success of the programme, helping youth to unlock their talent and potential.