By Robert Bagumisiriza, Uganda
After completing the Australia Awards Africa TVET Trainer Development Short Course delivered by QUT in association with TAFE Queensland, I was promoted to Principal of the Rukungiri Technical Institute of Uganda. Since taking on this new role, I have created significant changes in the institute through various activities. Primarily, I have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Energy to conduct training for workers. I have also signed an MOU with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda to conduct training for practicing electricians (on-the-job training without formal qualifications). These initiatives have greatly increased the number of women’s enrolment in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) courses. In addition, I have ensured that all year-two students were provided with industry placements to bridge the gap in skills acquired during training and strengthen institute-industry collaboration. I am now moving towards identifying international collaboration with funding organisations to implement projects in TVET.