Nakawa Vocational training Institute
Nakawa Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) is one of the four Public Vocational Training Institutes directly operated and administered by the Ministry of Education & Sports (MoES) through the BTVET Department.
The Institute was established in 1971 by the GOU in cooperation with the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The primary objective of the establishment was to provide vocational training skills to school leavers and apprentices in enterprises and to upgrade and assess competencies of industrial workers.
Between 1997-2002, the Institute benefited from a 2nd phase project supported by the Governments of Uganda and Japan, which was implemented by JICA. The project undertook: (i) rehabilitation and expansion of the Institute facilities; (ii) provision of additional equipment and tools and; (iii) training of personnel (Instructors and Managers) staff.
From 2004 to 2006, a programme for consolidation of the project achievements and improving the Institute responsiveness to industrial training needs in terms of new technology in three selected fields was introduced. The programme was intended to transfer modern technologies to practicing instructors in three fields.
· Electricity; Factory Automation / Programmable Logical Control
· Electronic; Digital Technology
· Automotive; Electric Fuel Injection
The programme, which was known as Third Country and In-country Training spread out to the entire sub-region as instructors from Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Eritrea and Host Country Uganda participated.
In June 2007, a complementary project for Instructor Training for Vocational Education Training (ITVET) was instituted. The project’s aim was to upgrade the competencies of in-service vocational training instructors in pedagogy and technical skills in Electronics, Electricity, Motor vehicle and Metal Fabrication. NVTI staff aligned to the project have been trained in Japan as Master Trainers and are now implementing Diploma and Certificate in Vocational Training Instruction training programmes. The first batch of 34 in-service instructors completed their 9-month course in March 2009. The 2nd batch has just completed.
NAKAWA VTI VISION:
To be the center of excellence in developing human resources needed by the dynamic economy.
To provide competence based training for national and international development.
To develop professional, technical and human resource skills and create opportunities for high quality.
To develop core skills e.g. communication skills, team work and problem solving.
To provide career guidance and counselling as young women and men move into the labour market.
To offer workers opportunities for continous learning to upgrade their competencies and learn new skills.
The principal is the head of the institution and is assisted by two Deputy Principals that is to say the Deputy Principal Administration and the Deputy Principal Training. There are eight departments directly involved in the execution of the training programmes. These are Electricity, Electronics, Machining and fitting, Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Carpentry and joinery, Plumbing and Sheet metal, Welding and Fabrication and Building and Concrete Practice. The newly created Pedagogy department addresses the BTVET Instructors’ training delivery skills and managers. All the 8 departments are managed by a Head of Department (HOD), 2 senior instructors, 3 Instructors and 2 Assistant Instructors. All Instructors have benefited from skills transfer from JICA Experts who were attached to each department. The institute receives short-term JICA experts from time to time when it is necessary, for specialized training in different areas.
Nakawa VTI provides training in the areas below.
Engineering Craft courses
- Analogue Electronics I & II
- Digital Electronics I & II
- Computer System I & II
- Domestic and industrial Electrical Installation
- Domestic appliances
- Motor and Generator Rewinding
- Programmable Logic Control (PLC) and Sequential Control
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
3. Machining and Fitting
- General Fitting
- Material Testing
- Machinery maintenance and repair
4. Motor vehicle
- Electronic Control Fuel Injection (EFI)
- Automatic Transmission
- Radiator Repair
- Engine Overhaul
- Auto Electrical
- Body Care
- Preventive Maintenance
- Defensive driving
5. Wood working
- Carpentry work
- Joinery work
- Wood finishing and coating
6. Sheet metal and plumbing
- Pipe work installation
- Domestic and Industrial Plumbing
- Sheetmetal development
- Drainage Installation
7. Welding and fabrication
- Oxy - acetylene / Gas Welding
- Manual metal Arc welding
- MAG /MIG welding
- TIG welding
8. Brick/Block laying and concrete practice
- Brick / Block work
- Construction work
- Architectural work
- Conrete Technology
1. Basic Training Programme – Full Time (Day)
This is a 2 years programme; it leads to the award of a Uganda Craftsman Certificate Grade 1 (UVQF Level II) and UNEB Craft Certificate Part I and II. in addition to technical subjects, entrepreneurship is taught to prepare them for both paid and self-employment on graduation.
2. Basic Training Programme – Part time (Evening)
This programme is the same as above and is meant for those engaged during the day but would like to acquire technical qualification
3. Advanced Training Programme
This is a one year training programme intended to provide progression for holders of the above qualification and prepares them for a diploma course.
4. Upgrading Training Programme
This is a short term training programme with duration of 1 week to 6 weeks. It is intended for those already in employment who would like to upgrade their skills and abilities in new technology.
5. Tailor-made Training Programme
This is a short-term programme arranged on demand to address target group, individual needs or the employer’s requirements on new occupational qualifications.
6. Instructor and Managers Training for Vocational Education and training
The Instructor programme primarily intended to improve the quality of in service BTVET instructors throughout the country.
It has two components pedagogical and technical skills.
There are 2 categories with two awards.
i. Certificate in vocational Training Instruction (CVTI) 9 Months
ii. Diploma in Vocational Training Instruction (DVTI) / Tutorship training 9 months
The manager’s training program(DTIM) is a 9 months course on holiday basis intended for the
principals and middle managers of BTVET institutions and aims at improving their
management competencies so that they are able to plan, manage and run institutions in a business like manner.
This programme was designed to meet the requirements in the various policy documents and plans of the ministry of education and sports (BTVET policy, EESP 2004 – 2014,UVQF roadmap) It is currently being supported by the government of Japan through JICA – ITVET project.
- Basic training programmes
Admission for basic, both fulltime and part time starts at beginning of January as soon as O’level results are released. Advertisements are run in the news media and the minimum requirement for applicants is “O” level or its equivalent with good passes in English, Math and Sciences. Applications duly filled in are returned to the reception and thereafter, the short listed applicants undertake verification and successful applicants report for training during the 2nd week of February of each year.
Advanced Training programme
Enrollment is done at every beginning of the year
Upgrading and Tailor made Training Programmes
Enrollment is done during school breaks and holidays on request by the interested persons.
In-service Instructor and Managers Training
The enrollment is handled by the Department of Teacher Instructor Education and Training (TIET)
ROLE OF JICA
JICA is contribution to Nakawa VTI projects agreements has been as follows:-
- Dispatch of Experts
- Provision of equipment and tools
- Capacity building (training of counter parts)
- Operational costs for the project
ACHIEVEMENTS OF NAKAWA VTI
Since the training activities started in April 1998, the institute is enrollment for basic training has been impressive.
Some of the organizations that have noticeably established links with Nakawa Vocational Training Institute are:
Sasakawa Global 2000
Kinyara Sugar Works
UNIDO (United Nations International Development Organization)
Rwenzori Beverage Co.
Kakira Sugar Works
Kibale Local District Administration
Mulogo Paramedical Department
Coca – Cola Company.
Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK)