Kampala: About 200 young graduates have undergone a special training aimed at empowering them with employable skills.
The training has been conducted by Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank.
According to KCCA’s Director of Gender, Community Services and Production, Harriet Mudondo, the Director Gender Community and Production, the training was meant to update the young people with the requirements of the job market.
She called for more youth who have completed their studies to register with KCCA Employment Services Bureau in order so that they benefit from the services that the bureau offers.
“Young people who have been here have had their lives turn around,” she said adding that some have been employed as a result of attending the special training offered by experts in the different sectors of the job market.
In some circumstance, she said, KCCA has been able to link young people to employers even though she warned that their role as regards the program is to give young people skills needed in the job market.
She challenged the young people to always exhibit a positive attitude in what they do. “The issue of mindset change and positive attitude is very important,” he said.
Speaking to the trainees, Standard Chartered Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Albert Saltson, said his bank would continue to support them to acquire employable skills but challenged to have good work ethics and do their work to the best of their abilities.
“Try as much as to excel in what you do and you will be able to climb the career ladder,” he said, urging the youth to be focused so as to overcome challenges that may come their way.
Saltson advised the youth to develop their careers further, saying that having the first degree or diploma was not enough given the current competition in the job market where those with more skills and knowledge are preferred. “Learning never stops. Add more qualifications to your name,” he said.
He urged the youth to identify mentors who can help them achieve their career goals. “Look at what made that person achieve what he achieved. Take that person as your mentor or role model,” he said.
Sylvia Mulomi – Country Head Human Resources at Standard Chartered Bank, urged the youth to engage in activities that make them be ready for employment.
“Be employment ready. Know what you want to do and find out what it takes to do what you want to do,” she said.
Mulomi however advised the female youth to resist sex demands from employers, challenging them instead to be flexible and begin with the opportunities that come their way.
She said it was important for the youth learn about the organisations they want to work with before even applying for the job.
Human resource consultant Paul Olweny who spoke to the male dominated group of trainees said they were trained in CV writing, cover letter writing, interview techniques.
He urged the youth to review the job specifications before applying. “Your qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience should match the job specifications,” he said.
One of the trainees who preferred her first name Allen, appreciated KCCA and Standard Chartered Bank for availing them with the training opportunity. “I have been jobless for two years now since I graduated but I am hope full that the training will increase my chances of passing interviews,” she said.