As a way of improving service delivery in the hospitality industry, the Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA) in partnership with Swiss Contact and U-Learn II Project has validated a training curriculum for cooks under the non-formal training arrangement.
These in close collaboration with the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) have developed a training curriculum that will engage young people in a learning-by-doing approach, enabling them to acquire relevant market and technical skills that can enable them remain competitive in the job market.
Swiss Contact Project Coordinator, Aloysius Kilibaki said that the target beneficiaries comprise of semi-illiterate young people, school dropouts (secondary six and below) who are unemployed or underemployed in the informal sector.
Kilibaki said for formal recognition of skills acquired under this arrangement, trainees shall register for national assessment with DIT leading to Worker’s Practically Acquired Skills (PAS) certificate for successful candidates.
He noted that the training package (curriculum) for non-formal training in hospitality (cookery) has been developed based on practical experiences of various cooks.
“It covers; introduction to cookery, kitchen hygiene and safety, preparing breakfast, beverages, fast foods, cuisines, baking products, food servicing and performing elementary administrative tasks. The maximum training duration shall be six months including compulsory internship of one months for workplace experience,” Kilibaki said.
Commenting on the development, UHOA Chairlady, Suzan Muhwezi noted that she is honored to champion the cause to equip young people working in the hotel sector with the opportunities to access the right skills to grow their careers.
“I believe the time is right for us to train our staff so as to be prepared when the tourism industry will flourish again once the pandemic had been defeated,” Muhwezi said.
She appreciated the trainers who facilitated the process for the guidance they offered to the team of experts in the production of the training curriculum manual.
“I thank our partners at Swiss Contact for working with UHOA in numerous programs that empower our young people through skills development in the world of work,” Suzan Muhwezi noted.