Vocational Training for Job Creation in Renewable Energy

Vocational Training for Job Creation in the Renewable Energy Value Chain in Uganda: Employment for the youth

This project is implemented by the Renewable Energy Business Incubator (REBi) Limited. The project has two key priority areas;

  1. Skills development through technical and vocational training in order to equip youth and young adults with relevant skills demanded by the labour market. Upon completion of the vocational courses, students are attached to renewable energy companies for industrial training to acquire hands-on skills and experience. This exposure to the world of work is expected to increase their employability.
  2. Enterprise development is promoted through a business incubation model which nurtures young and start-up enterprises to grow into sustainable businesses. Our target group are youth, these establish businesses and create employment opportunities for youth and others in the renewable energy value chain. Major business incubation activities include; support and guidance during idea development, market and feasibility studies, company registration, business and technical trainings, business plan development, product development, testing and further product improvement, mentoring and coaching, linkage to relevant networks to mention. The project supports enterprises engaged in various RE technologies such as hydropower, solar, bio-energy and wind. This is increasing production and provision of clean energy products and services in Uganda. Increased clean energy access discourages the use of traditional biomass such as firewood and charcoal.

Objective: The objective of the project is to reduce youth unemployment and poverty by supporting vocational education/training and sustainable business development.

Activities:

1. Education & hands-on skills enhancement

  • Equipping students with technical and vocational skills. This is done in partnership with Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions
  • Students’ in-company skills enhancement. This is done in partnership with RE companies 

2. Businesses’ incubation

  • Entry into the incubator and idea development
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  • Market and feasibility studies
  • Prototype and product development
  • Business plan development
  • Testing and further Product development/improvement
  • Training and advisory
  • Mentorship and coaching

3. Mobilization and networking

REBi Limited organizes an annual networking event which brings together renewable energy public and private sectors players and those in the value chain. 

Funder: Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kampala

Partners

  • Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kampala
  • Buganda Royal Institute of Business and Technical Education (BRIBTE)
  • Uganda Technical College (Bushenyi and Kichwamba campuses)
  • Uganda Stove Manufacturers Limited
  • Master Power Systems (U) Limited
  • Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC)
  • Absolute Energy Capital
  • Adapt Plus Limited
  • Eco Gardens Rwenzori Limited
  • The Portico Limited
  • Josa Green Technologies Limited
  • Masupa Enterprises
  • Best of Waste Limited
  • Kisiizi Hospital Power Limited
  • Kampala Jellitone Suppliers
  • Energy Uganda Foundation (EUF) Limited