Business, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (BTVET) has the potential of increasing productivity and incomes. In an education system whose curricula favours white collar jobs over blue collar jobs, technical and vocational training has long been seen as a path for failures and school drop outs from the academic path. This attitude diminished the importance of BTVETs as the engine to drive workforce productivity and employment. However, recent transformations have re-emphasized the importance of BTVETs to economic development. Current challenges to BTVETs relate to the mismatch between the training curricula and the labour market needs, limited financing and limited access to BTVET education by the poor and vulnerable groups. These limitations has meant that most BTVETs delivers poor quality training that ultimately generates under-trained technicians that do not meet the market needs for the graduates. To address some of these limitations, Northern Uganda Youth Development Centre (NUYDC) was established to offer quality, and subsidised technical and vocational training to vulnerable youths in Northern Uganda. Further, NUYDC is collaborating with the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at Gulu University to provide the link between knowledge generation, dissemination and uptake by farmers. The collaboration with Gulu University also involves the design and implementation of targeted agricultural trainings that meet the needs of smallholder farmers. The expected outcome is a trained workforce with relevant skills to contribute to community development.
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